Does faith in the personal God of Scripture make sense if we acknowledge that we do not have free will? This blog presupposes that we don’t have free will, but argues that far from being a source of anxiety or even a death sentence for faith, our lack of free will may actually be the central point of Scripture and essential to our inherent human dignity.
October 1, 2016 - Childish Faith
that very moment Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,
“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
Faith is not to be found in the ontological
argument, the teleological argument, or the cosmological argument. In my opinion, each of these ‘proofs’
fails. Abraham Heschel wrote that no one
is converted from non-belief to faith by philosophical arguments, but we use philosophical
arguments to justify our intuition of the divine to others and even to ourselves. When we stop trying to demonstrate God’s existence
and simply examine the powerful hold His Presence has on us, faith becomes
This is not anti-intellectualism but radical
equality. We do not need intellectual
powerhouses like Aquinas, Descartes, Anselm and their modern equivalents to
open the gates of faith to the rest of us.
Attending to the God’s Presence is available to each of us now.