Last week Dan Howard Snyder (Western Washington University) came to the Analytic Theology seminar to throw out some ideas about the nature of faith. Here are some notes….
- The Problem of Trajectory – Typical College Student
- Doubt to getting “out”
- If I lack faith (i.e. doubt) maybe I should just drop out of this whole Christianity thing
- Problem: Stay in or get out
- Supposedly: You can’t have Christian faith if you have doubt (to be a Christian is to be a “believer”
- Theorizing About Faith
- Claim: You have Christian faith only if you believe in BCS (Basic Christian Story)
- Distinction between “Faith in” vs. “Faith that” (person/relations vs. propositions)
- Maybe Third: Global Faith – Ability to Bring a narrative together
- Claim: You can have Faith that the BCS is true only if you believe that it is true.
- Which of these 3 kinds of faith apply to this claim?
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