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Article 8

"Each One of Us is an Icon of the Beginning"

Written by Francis Etheredge

Dedication
General Introduction
and
Be Open to Life: a theology of the body
Part I:  What led to this investigation of the beginning of human life?
The debt of the precept, be open to life, to Humanae Vitae by Pope Paul VI
My debt to Familiaris Consortio by Pope John Paul II
Activity follows, that is manifests, being just as mission accomplishes vocation
Yes!
A spirituality of being open to life
The Christo-trinitarian significance of this 'openess?'
The Social and inseparably Eschatological Dimension of being open to life
Part II:  Finding a place to begin
The call for an "integral" vision of man
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The modern context of the call for an integral vision of man
and
Towards an integral vision of man
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Human thought follows the marital event of a faith-fact
Just as the existence of God is 'before' the existence of creation, so the truth about God is 'prior' to truth about creation
What is the significance of this for the individual person?
God is "the beginning" without beginning
A theory of knowledge
The truthful naming of a thing reveals what that thing is
The unity in diversity of Scripture, 'mirrors' the unity in diversity in God
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God is the 'archetypal form' of being
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The first principle of being is therefore 'unity-in-diversity'
A definition of an 'integral vision' of man
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Man is made in the image of God
The beginning of an integral vision of man
A particular debt to St. Thomas Aquinas
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A general note
and
St. Thomas Aquinas: esp. Summa Theologiae
Part III:  What does the Church say 'today' about the moment of our beginning?
An introduction
and
An overview of Pope John Paul II Veritatis Splendor
A development of doctrine?
The natural law
Does a personal human life exist from conception?
Part IV:  What does Scripture say about our beginning?
The Blessed Trinity is our beginning and our end
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St Augustine on the use of Scripture
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The lens of Scripture
'The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed'
The Litany of the Incarnation
The 'Word became flesh'
The dogma of the Immaculate Conception
The help of the doctrine of original sin
Scripture says: 'In the beginning'
and
A philosophical look at the question of a beginning
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A Theological look at the question of our beginning
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A further note on the interpretation of Scripture
In the beginning
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The difference necessary to dialogue
Scripture
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Biblical texts on the beginning of human life
The creation of man
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The origin of man in the context of original sin
The woman's perception of conception
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The narrator's perception of conception in what is otherwise called The First Book of Moses
The significance of blood
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Where is the creation of the soul in all this?
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The soul is as it were hidden
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A summary
A second difficulty
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The help of Aristotle
'formless matter'
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A note on language
Your eyes beheld my unformed substance
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General observations on Psalm 139
Particular observations on Psalm 139
Part V:  How does philosophy help us to understand the moment of our beginning?
Introduction
Unity in Diversity: a definition of being and
A contemporary discussion
A clarification
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The contribution of Pope John Paul II
A template of human being
and
A synthesis: 'the burning coal'
The first of three objections
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A second objection
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A third objection
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Conclusion
Questions have answers
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A working definition of terms
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God
and
Person
The body is male or female
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The act of creation is a personal act
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The transmission of life at the origin of the body
Matter
Continuity and discontinuity
The human body
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Parts of a whole
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A hierarchical or a chronological order?
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The essence of a thing
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The making of things
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The human form
Soul
A metaphysics
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First matter and Form
Are 'forms' intelligent?
A note on evolution
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The one in three 'form' of life
One or many 'forms' to the human being?
An analogy
Facts and difficulties
Conclusion
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A summary of the arguments for the existence of the soul from conception
A summary of the arguments against the theory of an evolutionary development from one kind of being to another
A warning from Mother Teresa: Abortion leads to Nuclear War
The blessing of life




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