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Surprise Part II
January 17, 2009, 9:24 am
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Suppose you think that deep surprises are impossible.

But what if, in the future, you are deeply surprised by the existence of a deep surprise?

It is logically impossible to know ahead of time (in any non-risky way) about a deep surprise.  So it is logically impossible to know (in any non-risky way) that deep surprises are impossible.

Maybe there are no (and will be no) deep surprises.  But you won’t be able to know this (in any non-risky way) ahead of time.

Even if there are no (and will be no) deep surprises, all knowing will still be rooted in faith.  For it will be logically impossible to know this (in any non-risky way).  

I’m taking faith to be a matter of  stepping out and committing yourself in the face of risk.  That’s what it is, right?  Faith is utterly mundane, and it lies at the root of all knowing.  There is nothing religious about it.  

That’s why talk of ‘faith communities’ is non-sense.  The idea that, if you don’t belong to a religious community, then you don’t live by faith, is laughable.  It is obviously wrong, if you stop and think about it, isn’t it?

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The idea that, if you don’t belong to a religious community, then you don’t live by faith, is laughable. It is obviously wrong, if you stop and think about it, isn’t it?

A person’s grafting into Christ happens through trust (faith=fides=trust) in Christ, not through trust in the community that calls itself Christ’s Body. If a person truly trusts Christ, that person is part of Christ’s Body — that is, the Church, or Faith Community — no matter their attendence to a specific communion on any given Sunday.

Comment by Christopher J. Freeman

I think I agree, but the Gospel comes to us through means. That’s true even if you are low-church. So faith in the Gospel includes some sort of trust in the Gospel preaching Church. No?

But you are right that the object of faith is Christ, not the Church. I’m sure that’s what you mean.

But I had in mind atheists or agnostics who self-identify as people who live by reason and not faith. My point is that to live by reason is to live by faith. I wasn’t thinking of “Lone Ranger” style Christians.

Comment by the.pilgrim




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