Have you ever heard Atheists define faith this way: "I regard faith as religious belief which is held without evidence. If someone thinks that a bus will arrive on time per its schedule, then that person has trust or confidence, not faith." It is a false dichotomy of course. One which many thoughtful Christians would … Continue reading Why I Feel Like Giving Up On Faith
John Dickson once wrote, "My strength - if it can be called that - is my capacity to doubt. There is hardly a belief which others hold sacred that I have not at one time or another seriously questioned ... I find it difficult to believe in something strongly if I have not spent time … Continue reading Have the faith to doubt
The ancients spoke of "faith seeking understanding". Need this always be interpreted in terms of rational understanding though? What of intuitive understanding? Is this not desirable also?
"Trust is not 'blind faith'. Trust comes over time, and is built up as people show that they can be relied on. And so, if we trust someone, we have some kind of evidence that they can be relied on. It's no different with God. God has shown throughout history that He can be relied … Continue reading Reasonable Faith versus Blind Faith
Faith is a much misunderstood subject. Over the holidays I was reading a book on inter-religious literacy which characterised Christianity as a doctrinaire path. But in the process what shone through for me was the (Buddhist) author's unreflective equation of faith with doctrine. In other words, his inter-religious literacy was far from complete. Of course, … Continue reading Faith is not inconsequential
From the American Association of Christian Counsellors: "Depression sucks the life out of more people—including Christians—than any other emotional issue. Perhaps you know what it’s like not to want to get out of bed in the morning to face the day… Or, to be so lonely that your skin screams out for a caring touch… … Continue reading Trusting God in Sadness
Mike Lowe recently commented: Matt, I'm intrigued. A few months back the memoirs of the late Kim Beazley Senior were published (Father of the House, Fremantle Press). Since then the book has had a number of major reviews in the Australian Book Review, the Australian Literary Review, Quadrant etc, almost all of which have majored … Continue reading The Faith of Kim Beazley Senior
When talking about law versus faith, is Paul focussed on the relationship between Jews and Christians or between Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians? Although the former is the more common interpretation I am inclined towards the latter. See for instance Romans 2:17 and Galatians 2:14-16 and 3:26-29. Which way you go on this? It has … Continue reading Faith and Law
I thought I'd quote myself from elsewhere: We are not saved by theology We are saved by Theos. Note: Theos (Θεός) is the Greek word for "God" used in the New Testament. Logos (λόγος) is the Greek word for "rational discourse", "knowledge" and "study" amongst other things, and in English is the root word for … Continue reading Faith and Theology
Faith does not grow through the suppression of doubt. Faith grows through the transformation of doubt. And that requires facing your doubts. Avoidance breeds shallowness. Depth requires honesty.
Interesting interview going on with Douglas Cowan on Sacred Terror at TheoFantastique (see part I and II). That gives me a wonderful pretext for posting this beauty entitled "Jesus is a Fucking Alien." Not a sentiment I share with the artist obviously but certainly a raw comment on how many experience Christianity, Christ and Christians. … Continue reading Faith as an Alien Realm