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Covers key foundational concepts

Good

Everything good comes from God. God is goodness itself. Everything God created is good because God is good. God never intended evil to happen, but since He created free will, He allowed it to happen. God is so good he can bring good from evil. But evil always remains evil.

“God is infinitely good and all his works are good.” (CCC 385)

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Truth

All truth comes from God. God himself is true and thus truth itself.

“God is Truth itself” (CCC 215)

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Omniscient

Omniscient: God “knows everything” (1 Jn 3:20 see CCC 208). God has already thought of every possibility, both good and bad. If he hadn't he would lack something and therefore not be infinite. God knows the future. God is transcendent. Therefore God knows everything about you including your future and what would make you happiest. He has a plan for your life that you can only experience through him.

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Omnipresent

Omnipresent means ‘all present’ or ‘present everywhere’ (CCC 2671). God who is transcendent is not removed from creation, but keeps creation in existence and therefore is mindful of every part of creation. God is thus present everywhere since he has infinite knowledge. This presence is always a presence of love.

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Omnipotent

Another word for Omnipotent is ‘almighty’ which means he is ‘all powerful’. This quote indicates that God must be omnipotent to create the world out of nothing. The nothingness God creates from is not the nothingness of space, but an absolute nothingness which does not exist, since it is nothing. God has infinite power. All possible things that can be created, God can choose to create. He can't create aburdities (things that don't make sense, eg a square circle). God can't sin. 

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Infinite

God is infinite. Infinite means 'limitless'. There are no limits to God.

  • He has unlimited power (all powerful, almighty, omnipotent)

  • He has unlimited knowledge (he knows everything, omniscient)

  • He is not limited by space (he is present everywhere, omnipresent)

  • He has always existed and always will. He actually exists in eternity which is above time and space.

God is “infinitely above everything that we can understand or say” (CCC 206)

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A4 Evolution

The Catholic Church officially has no problem in people believing in evolution. The highest level of Catholic teaching states, "The Teaching Authority of the Church does not forbid ... the doctrine of evolution, in as far as it inquires into the origin of the human body as coming from pre-existent and living matter - for the Catholic faith obliges us to hold that souls are immediately created by God." (Pius XII, Humani Generis 1950: #36). Catholics are free to believe in evolution, provided they believe that God personally creates every individual soul. As pope Benedict XVI says, "We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary." Science and Catholicism are totally compatible. Science can't explore the reality of the soul because it is beyond science. Catholicism has no expertise on the development of species. The two work together to give us a complete picture of reality.

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A0 Apologetics

This is the basic apologetics course that focusses on common misconceptions people have about God and religion.

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A1 How do we know what's true?

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β1 Basic Prayer Method

1. Start with the sign of the cross

2. Preparatory prayer: “Dear Lord, please give me the gift of prayer and perseverance. Open my mind and heart to receive your love and truth.”

3. Read a passage of the Bible. Start with Mark's gospel. Focus on one passage for each prayer time. Gradually make your way through Mark's gospel.

5. Talk with Christ about the passage  as one friend speaks to another, eg  ask for some grace, ask what the passage means, talk about what is happening in your life or asking for God’s guidance in your life.

6. Pray an Our Father. 

7. Finish with the sign of the cross.

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