The Beliefs strand comprises three distinct yet interrelated sub-strands. These sub-strands are Trinity: God, Jesus the Christ, Spirit; Human Existence; and World Religions.
Trinity: God, Jesus the Christ, Spirit
Students in Archdiocesan schools grow in understanding and appreciation of foundational Catholic beliefs about God, Jesus and Spirit. They learn about Catholic teachings in relation to the ongoing story of God’s loving relationship with humanity as recounted in scripture and in the ongoing tradition of the Church. Students understand the variety of ways in which Catholic beliefs have found expression over time and the variety of “theologies” through which Catholic faith has sought to understand and express itself. The Creeds and the teachings of the Church that flow from them have been elaborated over the centuries as the Church has reflected upon, discussed, and debated its understanding of God’s self-revelation to humanity.
Students in Archdiocesan schools are encouraged to approach Catholic beliefs critically and in a way that gives value to both the role of the teaching authority in proclaiming the truth of Catholic beliefs and the role of Catholics in respecting the richness and implications of these beliefs for human existence. Students study the beliefs and teachings of the Church in relation to the realities of their own lives and the world in which they live. They are helped to understand how the truths of the Catholic faith tradition have perennial relevance for themselves, for communities of believers, the wider community and all of creation.
Students in Archdiocesan schools are challenged by the increasing globalisation of today’s world. Through a study of the major world religions, they are given the opportunity to explore the interrelationships between religion and society and deepen their understanding of the beliefs and practices of Catholic Christian Tradition. Students learn how world religions contribute valuable insights into the mystery of God and of other people and in the quest for meaning and purpose in the lives of individuals and communities.
The study of Judaism and Islam introduces students to the connections and differences between the monotheistic religions and encourages dialogue that can lead to understanding and respect, as they learn to value their own beliefs and those of others. A study of Eastern religions, including Buddhism and Hinduism, develops students’ understanding and appreciation of their Asian neighbours and their capacity to be active and informed citizens working together to build harmonious local, regional and global communities.