The Top Five Reasons Faith is Not What You Think It Is

Here is an excellent post by Richard Eng at Cross Examined.Org.


2 thoughts on “The Top Five Reasons Faith is Not What You Think It Is

  1. theapologist February 28, 2016 / 12:01 am

    If you look at faith in the dictionary, you’ll see two varieties: epistemic faith and what I might call existential faith as it relates to a person. I can make two faith statements too: “I believe in Santa Claus” and “I believe in my wife.” The former is epistemic in that in declaring epistemically what think to be so concerning the existence of a being. In the latter I’m declaring my belief in terms of interpersonal trust, not merely a statement about existence.

    In Christianity, faith is like the latter: in the person of Jesus. Mere belief inn Jesus’ existence is not sufficient for salvation. One has to trust that Jesus did pay for their sins and trust him for salvation with hope. Implicit in that is affirmation of his existence.

    And Jesus’ actual existence and resurrection are well substantiated with evidence. So it’s a caricature to say that faith is belief without evidence or blind, as it’s none of these. In fact such a caricature really is more of a category mistake.

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