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Published on September 3, 2008

Author: headlessprofessor

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What is Faith? : What is Faith? thoughts by the headlessprofessor Problem : Problem The debate between atheists and evangelical Protestants has become unproductive. Diagnosis : Diagnosis Both sides have misunderstood the term faith to mean a belief that defies reason. Result : Result Some converts think that once they accept Jesus as Savior, it’s a done deal, and they can forget about him. Result : Result Atheists have derided Christianity as akin to superstition. Folk Tales : Folk Tales Santa Claus Easter Bunny Tooth Fairy Rejection of science : Rejection of science Earth is flat, not round Sun revolves about the earth Earth is 6,000 years old My understanding : My understanding Christianity is not just an intellectual understanding that Jesus is the Savior St. Thomas Aquinas : St. Thomas Aquinas Faith is an act of the will Etymology : Etymology Hebrew emunah = trust Etymology : Etymology Hebrew emunah = trust Greek pistis = loyalty, devotion, commitment Etymology : Etymology Greek pistis = loyalty, devotion, commitment Latin fids = fidelity Etymology : Etymology Greek pistis = loyalty, devotion, commitment Latin fids = fidelity Middle English fed King James Version : King James Version 1611 Shakespeare : Shakespeare “As if allegiance in their bosoms sat, Crowned with faith and constant loyalty.” Henry the Fifth, Act II, Scene II Shakespeare : Shakespeare “As if allegiance in their bosoms sat, Crowned with faith and constant loyalty.” Henry the Fifth, Act II, Scene II Shakespeare : Shakespeare “keep obliged faith unforfeited” Merchant of Venice, Act II, Scene VI Shakespeare : Shakespeare “keep obliged faith unforfeited” Merchant of Venice, Act II, Scene VI Shakespeare : Shakespeare “contrary to the faith and allegiance of a true subject” Winter’s Tale, Act II, Scene II Shakespeare : Shakespeare “contrary to the faith and allegiance of a true subject” Winter’s Tale, Act II, Scene II Shakespeare : Shakespeare “There’s no trust, No faith, no honesty in men” Romeo & Juliet, Act III, Scene II Shakespeare : Shakespeare “There’s no trust, No faith, no honesty in men” Romeo & Juliet, Act III, Scene II Shakespeare : Shakespeare “Revolt our subjects? that we cannot mend; They break their faith to God as well as us” Richard the Second, Act III, Scene II Shakespeare : Shakespeare “Revolt our subjects? that we cannot mend; They break their faith to God as well as us” Richard the Second, Act III, Scene II My understanding : My understanding Christianity is not just an intellectual understanding that Jesus is the Savior It is a personal, emotional, relationship with the person of Jesus as Savior Belief in the Bible : Belief in the Bible Used over 60 times in John Belief in the Bible : Belief in the Bible Used over 60 times in John But, belief in or belief on Belief in the Bible : Belief in the Bible Used over 60 times in John But, belief in or belief on Trust, obedience, loyalty, not belief that Exegesis of James 2:19 : Exegesis of James 2:19 “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” - KJV Exegesis of James 2, NJB : Exegesis of James 2, NJB 19 You believe in the one God-- that is creditable enough, but even the demons have the same belief, and they tremble with fear. Exegesis of James 2, NJB : Exegesis of James 2, NJB 20 Fool! Would you not like to know that faith without deeds is useless? Exegesis of James 2, NJB : Exegesis of James 2, NJB 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by his deed, because he offered his son Isaac on the altar? Exegesis of James 2, NJB : Exegesis of James 2, NJB 22 So you can see that his faith was working together with his deeds; his faith became perfect by what he did. Exegesis of James 2, NJB : Exegesis of James 2, NJB Abraham was not saved just because he believed that there was one God Exegesis of James 2, NJB : Exegesis of James 2, NJB Abraham was not saved just because he believed that there was one God He was saved because he was committed to and obeyed God St. Thomas Aquinas : St. Thomas Aquinas Faith is an act of the will Writing for my classes : Writing for my classes Don’t use the word faith to describe religion Writing for my classes : Writing for my classes Don’t use the word faith to describe religion Don’t use the word belief to describe religion Definition of Religion : Definition of Religion A system of doctrines, ethics, rituals, myths and symbols for the expression of ultimate relevance. Don’t say belief : Don’t say belief Doctrines are accepted Don’t say belief : Don’t say belief Doctrines are accepted Ethics are followed Don’t say belief : Don’t say belief Doctrines are accepted Ethics are followed Rituals are practiced Don’t say belief : Don’t say belief Doctrines are accepted Ethics are followed Rituals are practiced Myths are retold Don’t say belief : Don’t say belief Doctrines are accepted Ethics are followed Rituals are practiced Myths are retold Symbols are revered Use of the term “Faith” : Use of the term “Faith” problem The term is vague solution Use more precise terminology Faith is a vague term : Faith is a vague term Faith can refer to Strength of a commitment A specific denomination A part of doctrine How to use terms correctly : How to use terms correctly Wrong Sara is strong in her faith. Right Sara is committed to her religion. How to use terms correctly : How to use terms correctly Wrong John belongs to the LDS faith. Right John belongs to the LDS denomination. How to use terms correctly : How to use terms correctly Wrong The Trinity is part of Christian faith. Right The Trinity is part of Christian doctrine. Writing for my classes : Writing for my classes Don’t use the word faith to describe religion Don’t use the word belief to describe religion What is Faith? : What is Faith? thoughts by the headlessprofessor

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