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« on: May 29, 2012, 03:45:35 PM »

When you have mountains of theological questions suddenly arising for some reason, and your mind is traveling everywhere--disorganized, overwhelmed--trying to find answers, but to little avail? In the west we have a scientific method for organizing ourselves to find an answer to a problem, but theology and philosophy are not empirical but abstract. So do we have our own method for searching for answers to these types of questions?
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2012, 03:53:46 PM »

The method is prayer.  To us theology is not knowledge about God, but to actually know God. 
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2012, 03:58:43 PM »

So basically I just pray, contemplate and wait for an epiphany?
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2012, 04:05:06 PM »

That's what I'm told.  But I will also tell you the the Church only gave three folks the title of Theologian, so it may be better to read what they have written than to spend the rest of your life in monastic contemplation. 
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2012, 04:11:52 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!



When you have mountains of theological questions suddenly arising for some reason, and your mind is traveling everywhere--disorganized, overwhelmed--trying to find answers, but to little avail?



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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2012, 08:12:58 PM »

When Einstein found a hair in his soup, instead of getting upset he thought about the beauty of the cosmos that was happening around him at that very moment. I think there's some valuable advice there for someone who has easily riled emotions like yourself.

As far as theological questions are concerned, take up and read, Augustine.
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2012, 09:43:40 PM »

Definitely continue to pray, that's vital to our spiritual lives, as all theology is for the edification of the Body of Christ, it isn't simply scholastic knowledge. But, consult the sources you have. Speak with priests, read the fathers, etc.

May God guide you.
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