Theology Exam

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The first step in creation we see in Genesis Chapter 1 is that God ______ each thing into being

God is anthropomorphized in Genesis 2-3

True

In the Rig Veda, human beings are created from _______

What is the difference between Genesis and the Vedic creation stories we read, and the relationship between humans and God?

All of the above

The Vedas are in the _______ language and they revolve around the theme of ________

The Sanskrit term for the individual eternal reality is ______

The Sanskrit term for the eternal divine reality is

The relationship between the terms in Q1 and Q2 where they share the same core essence is called _______

A(n) ______ human is created first in Genesis 2-3; in Trible's re read

What is one meaning of Karma?

The two paths to salvation in Christianity are ____ and ______

The two paths to salvation mentioned above are

equally valid

The three paths to liberation in Hinduism are ____, ____, and _____

Which of these three paths does Krishna lift up above the others in the Bhagavad Gita?

Bhakti

What do Christianity and Hinduism both determine is evil, or an obstacle to salvation/liberation?

Attachment to ungodly things or ideas, doing actions with a desired end result in mind

The Christian term for the last things that includes judgment and the afterlife is ______

What is one characteristic of James Cone's Black Liberation theology?

Black Theology should be considered standard theology, and Eschatology is the theology of death and things in relation

In the Bhagavad Gita, what does Krishna say about what happens after you die?

the 1st and 3rd are true

In the Gita, Krishna says that by acting out of lust, anger or greed you become _____

In which Hindu scripture does the first account of the doctrine of rebirth occur?

The Upanishads

Explain the three points Catherine Bell is making by focusing on this quote from an ancient Chinese sage:

“The meaning of ritual is deep indeed. He who tries to enter it with the kind of perception that distinguishes hard and white, same and different, will drown there. The meaning of ritual is great indeed. He who tries to enter it with the uncouth and inane theories of the system-makers will perish there. The meaning of ritual is lofty indeed. He who tries to enter with the violent and arrogant ways of those who despise common customs and consider themselves to be above other men will meet his downfall there.”

Catherine Bell was explaining that there are three ways to look at rituals. Some based on culture and connection to society and others based on histoical studies etc. I think this Chinese sage relates to what she is saying because she opened up the section of the book that we read by saying rituals are complex and that there is no "set" way to study them and everybody has a different understanding of what a ritual is. This relates to the sage's description of rituals as "deep, great and lofty," because it is a vast subject in that it is not black and white and trying to understand it using theories and facts will not get you far. Same with the statement on arrogance, looking at rituals from a perspctive of "being right" is also not productive.

All Christians agree that _____ and ______ are sacraments. Catholics recognize __ more additional sacraments

Uzukwu has a positive view of _______, where Christian rituals are creatively adapted by the local tradition into which they are received

Ross rethinks Catholic sacramental theology from the perspective of ____ where the focus of the Eucharist is centered on ______

The Sanskrit term yoga comes from the root yuj, meaning to ______

_________ wrote the Yoga Sutras

What are you supposed to do if you acquire certain abilities, like levitation, mind-reading, being able to see the past and future, etc.? Why?

Denounce it so you can achieve Kaivalya, because not renouncing them will cause you to fall back in your yoga studies

What are the obstacles on the path of Yoga?

Aversion, attachment ignorance, ego, and the fear of death

What is the goal of the path of Yoga?

To be completely devoted and focused on a deity free from distraction and attachment, to reach Kaivalya

What do we learn from The Ramayana about ecological ethics? What is one story/aspect of The Ramayana that illustrates this point?

We learned that people and nature are one and that humans should not be exploiting nature for selfish purposes. I think the whole of the Ramayana illustrates this point in the sense that humans, animals and nature are so intertwined throughout the whole story. An example is the monkeys that "help" (catch her jewelry) Sita out when she is being captured. Although it's a minor detail, I feel like it encompases the idea that humanity and nature/animals are supposed to be in harmony/helping each other. This applies to Hinduism as a whole in my opinion as well because the intimate connections between humanity and nature in Hinduism are so different than in Christianity.

What is one resource, either from the Vedas or Upanishads, that offers a starting place for Hindu ecological ethics?

The Upanishads talk about Forest Dwellers which is a more mature stage of life for some Hindus. This could offer a starting place for ecological ethics because it shows that mature years of your life should be spent in God's creation, meditating and focusing on God. It ties back to the idea that nature and the ecosystem is a gift not something to be taken advantage of.

Which tradition explicitly ties ecology into its moral ethics?

Christianity

Test your knowledge of the creation narratives from Genesis and the Rig Veda. Explore the differences between the two stories and the relationship between humans and the divine beings. Also, delve into the language and themes of the Vedas.

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