THE two previous Parts have offered an account of the epistemological character of religious faith. Such faith, I have suggested, is an act of interpretation. Within the Judaic-Christian religious tradition—with which we are concerned—the believer’s experience as a whole is interpreted as a sphere in which at all times he is having to do with God and God with him. For Christian theism is the conviction that all life is under the control of a single, sovereign, personal will and purpose whose scope includes and yet transcends this present world and whose fulfillment secures man’s deepest happiness and well-being. This at least is its propositional formulation. But the faith of which we have been speaking does not consist in the intellectual acceptance of such propositions but in the concrete interpretation of life and all that it brings in these terms, seeing its requirements, disciplines, mercies, rebukes, and joys as mediating the divine presence.
KeywordsReligious Faith Christian Faith Theological Reflection Divine Love Christian Theism
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