Dion's random ramblings

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Another thought on mystery, faith, and certainty...

My friend Neville Richardson, in speaking on the 'post foundationalist' perspective on Christian ethics (ala. Stanley Grenz) made the following incredible statement...  Our foundation is not reason, nor is it, knowledge or even a secure system.  Rather, it is faith in a transcendent God who carefully shapes us, and courageously trusts us to get some things right, and other things wrong - but in the end the faithful and loving person is close to God than the 'informed' knowledgeable, and certain!

The opposite of faith is not doubt... It is certainty!

At the end of the day we can point towards truth, work towards it, and strive to make it real and tangible, but there will always be a sense of mystery in which we meet an all powerful and ever loving God.  In the end, however, we can look back and we have 'fruit' to show, lives that have been changed, systems that have been restored and changed for good.

For anyone who's interested in reading something thought provoking and challenging in this regard you can go here Beyond Foundationalism: Shaping Theology in a Postmodern Context (by Stanley Grenz)t:  http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Foundationalism-Shaping-Theology-Postmodern/dp/0664257690


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