The Faith that Responds to Revelation

Gerald O'Collins

in Rethinking Fundamental Theology

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199605569
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729454 | DOI:
The Faith that Responds to Revelation

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After distinguishing faith as ‘believing in’ and ‘believing that’, this chapter first puts aside two opposed positions: faith without reason and faith (merely) based on evidence. Willi Marxsen still remains an excellent example of the former position. The latter position was more or less espoused by Wolfhart Pannenberg, but he came to recognize how trusting in God, who is at work in history, will allow us to grasp in faith the deeper, intrinsic significance of Jesus and his history. The chapter then argues for objective and subjective factors being involved in the genesis of faith: public testimony that enjoys its rational credentials, and the inner witness of the Holy Spirit that inclines the human heart to go beyond the evidence and commit itself in faith. The chapter concludes by taking up some case studies from John's Gospel that offer a narrative theology of faith initiated by Christ's self-revelation.

Keywords: believing; faith; Holy Spirit; John's Gospel; God; Jesus; Christ; Willi Marxsen; Wolfhart Pannenberg

Chapter.  9625 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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