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Set 1 Pg. 1 faith , religion , & theology HUMAN FAITH Faith is our trusting commitment to a relationship; whereas beliefs are the ideas, the truths, and the cognitive content that are integral to our commitments. It is the unique capacity whereby we can place ourselves in a trusting commitment. Human faith is a response of many facets of the person: Doubts can be a sign that human faith is alive, two types: Constructive Doubt- (intent = discover) searches sincerely for a deepening understanding, is open for new data and serious open to other point of view Destructive Doubt- (intent = get rid of beliefs) cynical and slightly rebellious, rejecting authority and having little respect for beliefs in question. More of a search and destroy mission than an honest search for honest insight. Human faith is based on trust : Trust in ourselves- ▪ trust in self is basic to a happy life ▪ faith in ourselves is essential if we are going to succeed ▪ it gives us a place to stand, a lifeline to hold, etc. Trust in others- ▪ do not be gullible: placing trust in others should be cautiously, with discernment and care. Faith is a commitment, a pledge or promise to carry out certain responsibilities: Full Faith- Characteristic of those who have a lively and intense awareness of what they believe and are committed to VS. Empty Faith- Cold and indifferent to the things and idea they encounter, closed to the meaning of events, as well as deep relationships. MIND: Human capacity to believe the truth is out there to be discovered HEART: Faith requires a certain degree of evidence that the other person can be relied on WILL: “A conscious choice to live in an authentic way” – Rosemary Radford Ruether HUMAN FAITH CAN BRING US TO THE EXPERIENCE OF LIMITS AS WELL AS ULTIMATE QUESTIONS 5 Ways We Arrive at Our Beliefs 1. We’ve always believe it- (the sun rises in the east) 2. Authority of Others- (veggies are good for you because Mom said so) 3. Self-evident/Obvious- (constant overeating leads to weight gain) 4. Persuasive Means- (advertisements) 5. Reasoning- (scientific article on erosion) → the ability to have a reliance on something or someone; our willingness to have confidence in the reliability of a thing, or the truthfulness and integrity of a person. SOCIAL: Relational commitment to individual or social group Faith is “the courage to be.” Paul Tillich Lutheran Theologian
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Set 1 Pg. 2 CHRISTIAN FAITH Religious faith is distinct from human faith, but builds upon it. Religious faith believes there is a source for all existence. All life comes from God who is creative, the power force involved in the world. Trusting commitment with God. An Atheist is a person who denies the existence and reality of God, while a Agnostic is a person who doubts the existence of God in the belief that the truth about God’s existence and the spiritual world can be neither proved nor disproved.
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2008 for the course THEO 111 taught by Professor Lim during the Spring '08 term at Xavier.

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