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The Blog of Dr. James F. McGrath, Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University, Indianapolis
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The quote comes from p.11 of Michael J. Langford's book The Tradition of Liberal Theology, which I just reviewed here on the blog.
Exactly right. Doubt means there’s some faith; it’s a little deficient. And, as I point out to my students, often it comes from the Holy Spirit, who uses our doubts to keep us from falling for any clever-sounding but false teaching we hear.
What exactly does faith mean? I’ve often heard it praised, and sometimes heard it condemned.
If your question is about the range of meaning of the English word “faith,” then it covers a range of things, from believing certain things are true, to trusting in a person, to conviction, to ultimate concern.
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