Saturday, February 25, 2006

Everybody believes

Three quotes from Richard John Neuhaus writing in First Things in a review of Adam Kirshs's review of Daniel Dennett’s Breaking the Spell.
These are thoughts I save and thing about for months. But for me, believe isn't too important; the response to truth claims... a person's actions are though. Everybody believes. It is a question of what they believe, and why. The atheist makes a breathtaking leap of faith in believing there is no God, since he could not possibly have all the evidence pertinent to arriving at that conclusion.
One need not go so far as the early Karl Barth who insisted that Christianity is not a religion, but it is obvious that one is not, or should not be, a Christian because he believes in religion. Rather, he has by reason, authoritative testimony, and the gift of faith, accepted the claim that God has revealed himself in Jesus Christ.
The question is not whether one believes in believing or believes in religion. The question is how one responds to the truth claims proposed by traditions of thought–Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, etc.–that are conventionally called religions.


Roland Dodds said...

Nice post, and good job with your blog.

Bill Baar said...

Thanks Roland... I find I seldom have time to work on the theology side of it...