Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Writing My Own Catechism: On Faith
The following is an excerpt from “my” catechism on faith and its object. It is a mixture of thomisitic, reformed, and eastern orthodox elements. It is obviously a work in progress.
What is faith?
Faith is certain knowledge whereby I hold as true all that God has revealed in his Word, as found in Holy Scripture and the Tradition of the Church.*
What is the object of faith?
The object of faith is God: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.**
What are the articles of faith?
The articles of faith are certain truths, first, concerning the origin of our God and Savior Jesus Christ in the eternal Father, his coming to earth, his life, death and resurrection; and, second, concerning the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Church, and the promise of eternal life.
From where do we learn the articles of faith?
The articles of the catholic-orthodox Faith are according to the creed of First Nicea and Second Constantinople. Like the words of Holy Scripture, some of these articles are clear in themselves while others contain certain mysteries, from which other things are known.***
* Heidelberg Catechism, answer to question 21, modified.
** Summa Theologiae I-II, q. 1, a. 1
*** Catechism of Peter Mohila, Metropolitan of Kiev, I, q. 5, modified;
Summa Theologiae I, q. 1, a. 10