Mathematics has axioms – presuppositions, accepted without proof — which form the basis for all subsequent mathematical proofs. Likewise, Christianity demands certain presuppositions. As a revealed religion, Christianity’s presuppositions, its axioms, must be accepted on faith. But this often seems to be an intellectual cop-out.
An appeal to faith in a recent conversation with a friend and skeptic brought charges of “philosophical laziness.” “No so,” I answered, but I also had to admit that the exercise of faith is not binary. Faith is not either on or off, absolute or absent, and not black and white. Faith has contours. It has a warp and woof which creates contours in quality, character, and shading. Faith has axioms, but it also demands proofs. It has doubts, but it asks questions. It waxes and wanes, but does not fail. It is a gift, but it must be exercised and grow directed by the Spirit through a process of sanctification.
Abraham is the paradigmatic man of faith in Scripture and Genesis 15:6 is the core profession of his faith. But even in this passage we see the contours of Abraham’s faith as it is received and exercised.
Join us this Lord’s Day, June 18 as we examine the faith of Abraham from Genesis 15 and consider the contours of our own faith. We meet from 5:00 – 6:30 pm in The Commons at St. Andrews Anglican Church at 8300 Kanis Rd in Little Rock. Click here for directions.
Come with a friend you and join us for fellowship and conversation. We look forward to seeing you there.