More Faith in the Fog

Emma Higgs continues her fantastic series, “Faith in the Fog.” Here is an excerpt:

We Christians tend to cling to our beliefs because they provide a reassuring framework in which everything is categorised and understood. But in doing so we risk losing the very heart of Jesus himself, who insisted upon disrupting our ideological constructs, defying our expectations and merging our categories.

This does not sit well with us. We modern, post-enlightenment folk like to have control; to have things neatly encapsulated within our understanding. If something is true, surely we must be able to nail it down and explain how it works. We like to think we can know about God in the same way we can know about the mechanics of a car or the anatomy of an insect. But seeking objective knowledge about God is like chasing the wind. A subject like God requires a different kind of knowing.

So when the questions start to whirl and the and the panic of unwilling atheism sets in (which it does on a fairly regular basis), I have to remind myself that my beliefs about God are not the foundation of my faith.

I will not find God by thinking harder, by using the power of reason to convince myself intellectually that a particular set of beliefs are true.

But if I instead focus my energy on walking in the way of Jesus – loving my neighbour, practising forgiveness, standing against injustice and speaking out for those who have no voice – I wonder if I might just find myself staring God in the face.

Uncertainty is uncomfortable. I would love to have all the answers. But I think that would make me God, and I suspect I don’t have the qualifications.

Click through to read the rest of the post, and please do explore more of the whole series.

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  • http://timebottle.weebly.com/ Beau Quilter

    Gee, if she’s afraid of “unwilling atheism”, I wonder what the “panic” of willing atheism would look like?

  • John MacDonald

    “However the Jesus mythicism/historicism debate turns out, the most positive point out of all of it is realizing just how little we know about the historical Jesus, and therefore how little people can reasonably use Jesus as a justification for their approach to life.” – David Fitzgerald

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      When someone writes three lengthy volumes of illogic, I’m not sure it helps one’s case to quote that individual even when they write something sensible…

      • John MacDonald

        Thinkers are often only remembered for one or two blurbs.

        • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

          Is “thinker” an apt characterization of Fitzgerald, in view of what he has typically written and said?

          • John MacDonald

            So your position is that David Fitzgerald doesn’t even qualify as a “thinker?” lol

          • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

            Not in the exemplary sense that that term is often used. If you meant merely that he has detectable brain activity, then I did not intend to deny that.

          • John MacDonald

            I’m sure Fitzgerald would be happy to know you think he has demonstrated enough to be guilty of “some brain activity” lol. It’s weird how religious studies is viewed as a discipline. Amateurs are publishing in Religious Studies all the time and expect to be taken as seriously as the experts, whereas in other academic disciplines you don’t see this as much – at least from what I’ve seen.