Catholic Christianity

All these mindmaps are the AQA revision guide condensed further so everything is very condesed and simple 

I printed mine on A3 paper as i found it v difficult to use online and A4 was wayyy too small making the bubbles unreadable 

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  • Catholic Christianity
    • Michelangelo (Creation of Adam)
      • Adam is not yet alive, waiting on Gods touch to bring him alive - Human life is dependant on God
      • both look powerful - Imago Dei
      • God is older = wisdom + eternal
      • Adam = perfect man (strength and potential)
      • reaching out their hands - longing for a close relationship
      • God is carried by angels = transcendent
    • Negative aspects of Paintings
      • limited in what they can show
      • difficult to express complex, spiritual ideas
      • Genesis 2 contradicts painting as Adam was breathed from God's 'nostrils' - not by touch
      • they are nearly the same size, suggesting God and man are equal
    • Nature of God
      • Creator
        • God is the only creator
        • God created everything = special
        • everything God makes should be looked after
          • Stewardship
            • we have dominion over other creatures = power + authority
            • looking after Gods creation = gift from God
            • why should we care for the environment?
              • creation is special as it is created by god = valued = genesis 1
              • god made humans stewards of the earth = responsibility
              • 'love your neighbour as yourself' = protect the environment as yourself
              • we should preserve natural resources
        • imago dei = humans share qualities with God = close relationship
      • Transcendent
        • God needs only his word in order to create 'let there be light'
        • beyond human understanding
        • cant be described in human words
      • Omnipotent
        • power to do whatever he wants = creates things from nothing
        • make everything the way he wants it
      • Omniscient
        • all knowing
        • evokes trust
    • Free Will
      • Genesis 2
        • Although God 'commands' Adam not to eat from the tree, he gives his a physical choice
      • must be aware of consequences
      • evil exists because of the abuse of free will
    • Dignity
      • Imago Dei = humans are made in the image of God, so are equal to each other
      • all people are worthy of hour and respect
      • respect their own dignity and the dignity of others
    • Sanctity of Life
      • God blesses all humans after he made them = creation is holy
      • life should be treated with care and respect = Catholics against abortion + euthanasia
    • Old Testament
      • Law (guidelines)
      • describes how God guided Jews throughout their early history
      • History (stories to help later generations avoid making similar mistakes)
      • Wisdom (prayer, psalms, poems + advice to help us live in a way that pleases God)
      • Prophecy (challenges people to remain faithful in tough times)
    • New Testament
      • deals with the life and teachings of Jesus
      • The Gospels (teachings + actions of Jesus)
      • The Acts of the Apostles (the events of the early church)
      • The Epistles (letters + teachings to guide people through every day life)
      • The book of Revelation (contains mystical visions which some Christians believe to describe the end of the world)
    • Bible = the word of God
      • God guided the writing of the Bible through the Holy Spirit
      • prophets were inspired by the Holy Spirit
      • contains the word of God given by prophets
        • guided people to remain faithful + passed on Gods word
      • tells of the actions and teachings of Jesus in the Gospel
    • The Magisterium
      • teaching authority of the church
      • interpret the Bible and apply its teaching to modern everyday life
      • comes from Pope and bishops
      • inspired and guided by the Holy Spirit = we should have trust in their interpretation
    • Catholic Interpretations of the Creation Story
      • they are myths not to be taken seriously
      • stories that intend to convey deep and complex truths
      • they are not meant to be scientific explanations of how the world was created
      • they accept creation story as well as big bang and evolution
      • the main messages from the creation story are: God made everything, which was good, and humans were the high point of his creation
    • Fundamentalist interpretations of the creation story
      • believe the bible literally
      • the bible is the word of God so must be true
      • God loves humans so wouldn't mislead them by giving incorrect info
    • Natural law
      • humans are born with an understanding of what is right and wrong (natural) = god made creation good + imago dei
      • part of Gods will for humans = important
      • humans should not need rules to know what is right
      • we should always protect and preserve life
    • CAFOD
      • Aims to help people living in poverty to create a more balanced world
      • supports projects that support sustainable living + help to protect environment
      • e.g working with groups like MONLAR in Sri Lanka which help farmers to adopt sustainable, effective + inexpensive farming methods
    • second vatican council
      • stresses that religion and science support eachother
      • supportive of scientific advances as they help people understand creation
      • if science and religion come up with different answers they must be answering different questions


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