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Chapter 1. My Soul Longs for You, O God • 5

many to assume responsibility for their actions and causes them to hide

from God (cf. Gn 3:8; Jn 3:19ff.). Others may resist acknowledging God

because they do not wish to follow and obey God. Still others may allow

1. How have people expressed their quest for God

throughout history?

In many ways, throughout history down to the pres-

ent day, men have given their expression to their quest

for God in their religious beliefs and behavior: in their

prayers, sacrifices, rituals, meditations, and so forth. These

forms of religious expression, despite the ambiguities

they often bring with them, are so universal that one may

well call man a “

religious being

” (cf. Acts 17:26-28). (CCC,

no. 28)

2. What do we mean by “proofs” for God’s existence?

Created in God’s image and called to know and love him,

the person who seeks God discovers certain ways of

coming to know him. These are also called proofs for the

existence of God, not in the sense of proofs in the natu-

ral sciences, but rather in the sense of “converging and

convincing arguments,” which allow us to attain certainty

about the truth. These “ways” of approaching God from

creation have a twofold point of departure: the physical

world and the human person. (CCC, no. 31)

3. Can we know God?

The Church teaches that the one true God, our Creator

and Lord, can be known with certainty from his works,

by the natural light of human reason (cf. First Vatican

Council, can. 2 §1: H. Denzinger and A. Schonmetzer,

Enchiridion Symbolorum

[DS] 3026). (CCC, no. 47)