Hi everyone! Thanks for posting, makes me feel more comfortable abut sharing my thoughts and its good to have other ppl's opinions to make you think about things 1. It was mentioned in class that the Christian faith is not a virtuous intellectual leap into the dark, believing that trusting God means that you check your brains in at the front door. How was Christian faith defined in the class?
Hmm, I think it was defined as something that involves knowing the truth and knowing it with both your heart and the mind, not just one or the other.
2. Read Isaiah 45:18-22; 46:5-10. Do these passages encourage or discourage "blind faith"? Explain.
It seems they discourage blind faith. God said he has foretold of events and not made it a secret or said it in a distant place. He has made things known to us therefore faith in him (what he wants) isn't blind faith. Pay particular attention to God's rebuke of the Israelites for worshiping other gods. Which took more "blind" faith, to worship a carved idol or to worship a God who predicts the future? Which kind of faith is God mocking them for having?
Faith in things that we made with our own hands that don't answer us and cannot save us. It took more blind faith to worship them because they can't speak to us or do anything but God has spoken to us and has made things that will happen and his powers known and answered prayers.3. How does this change your thinking about what it means to have faith? Explain.
Its made me think a lot actually. I have been really struggling. Im new at thinking about these things and a new friend of mine has been telling me to seek God with the heart. My heart toward religion can be pretty cold and dead to be honest and i've prayed and prayed etc. but i knew my mind was a problem too or i found i could agree intellectually with something but not feel it in my heart. just feel disjointed. I've always been told feelings are futile and cant be trusted so i've always felt that its either trusting the mind or the heart and thats bugged the heck out of me. Its made me really angry and resentful because i feel in conflict and then i feel guilty for feeling angry. Now i dont feel so bad about that. It makes sense that there should be a union between the two. Another thing is that faith isn't blind. I have always thought faith in God was taking a blind leap, because he knows better than us, we dont have the answers he does etc. I never understood what ppl talk about when they talk about God's promises either. Now i feel like faith isn't all blind, God has told us things, we just need to find out what these things are. We need a foundation to work from, a true knowledge of who God is, in order to have a solid faith (although this last comment is something i kind of felt over the last few months anyway. Its strange, I've been so busy doing in life, I never noticed i actually had no idea in who or what i was beleiving in! Seems pretty important, how could i miss it! No wonder things have been so hard)4. In the "who are you and why are you taking this course" section, which of the nine types of people do you identify with most? Explain.
Mix between want an answer Will and struggling Sam. I do really struggle with doubts and because they tear me up and make me so restless and uneasy I want answers and i want them now! Im so childish!5. How do you think having so many different types of people with different perspectives, backgrounds, traditions, and passions will make this type of study better?
It gives a balanced view of things and maybe gives you an opportunity to think about things you had never even thought of. Expands your horizons!6. Irenic theology was described as theology that is done in a peaceable manner, accurately and humbly representing all views, even if you disagree with them. Polemic theology was described as theology that is done in a warlike manner inside the Church, prophetically speaking against those with who there is disagreement. Do you think that Irenic theology is a better starting point for doing theology than Polemic theology? Explain.
definetly! Polemic theology would scare loads of ppl off (possibly me included although im kind of getting used to it) either scare people away or bug them. Sometimes its better to have a gentle start. It gives people breathing room and comfort to express their opinions without the fear of being shot down any second (something i get worried about a lot!) Not only that, it means theres more chance of getting a balanced view.7. Are there times when polemic confrontation is necessary? Explain.
Well if you were teaching something really destrucive and unbliblical then i guess so.Think of possible times when you have been personally rebuked for something sinful, destructive, or selfish. Did you need someone to peaceably come and represent your side, or did you need someone to give you stern rebuke?
Most of the time i need a gentle shove in the right direction. I need someone to gently say what im doing isn't clever so i dont freak out and get really upset. But there have been one or two occasions where i needed a fright so i couldn't ignore it, to get me to really see what i was doing was a bad move although that only ever was between me and God which in a way made it easier because i couldnt run away from him. 8. How was your thinking most challenged by the lesson? Explain.
Well there was the idea of blind faith, the idea between the mind and the heart. Also the fact that its not about noting down answers for yourself. The comment about the holy spirit descending on "us" not "me" also really struck a chord.