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Although the actual keyword search does not appear to work yet as of my posting this, my book The Burial of Jesus is now part of the Search Inside program, which means that you can see the book from cover to cover and browse it before making a decision about whether to buy it, recommend it to friends, or whatever else.

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Mistaking Fear for Faith

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  • Angie Van De Merwe

    I took a look. Question, if you understand faith as symbol for the transcendent, which one has to, if fact and faith are two distinct realms. The philosophy that follows behind the fact of history is a theological one.The problem I have with this view is that the incongruencies of life are too wide to “just believe”. We after all are beings that can “do” science. So, representation is important in ascertaining the “real”. With evolutionary and developmental views of man, universalization of stages of development, unfortunately can hinder seeing the real person. The person then, becomes an object to be observed and things change when there is an interchange between the observer and observed. I think predonmiately, because there is something unique about man that resists being an object of observation. Observation is done at a distance, whereas the person’s need is connection/relationship. The personal is the unique distinguishing mark of humanity. And this marks the individual.

  • Angie Van De Merwe

    In speaking of representation, Jesus was the representative to the Hebrews, but students need a representative whose values and subject correspond to their interests and gifts. This means that developing students into their “call” is connecting them with an advisor(s) that mentors them in the faith, as well as the discipline of choice.

  • James F. McGrath

    Angie, I think that faith may involve saying more than we can prove. We may be able to prove using scientific or historical methods that people are of intrinsic worth, but neither does the scientific or historical evidence require us to set that view aside. But I remain persuaded that the perspective of faith should incorporate the best understanding that science, history, and other fields of knowledge can offer us.