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More on what NT faith is about

Under the typical Protestant understanding of “faith” as “not doubting something that one believes without proof”, I as a young Protestant could never fathom why God would be so tickled by us believing in what we had almost no evidence for. This question came home to me most clearly whenever I heard informal apologetics arguing […]

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

An (ancient) introduction to “faith in Christ” vs. “Christ’s faith”

Originally inspired by this recent post by Doug Chaplin, I exhumed a paper I wrote in third year Greek while an undergrad (I estimate this to be c. 2000-2001). As a segue between my last post and my next, I thought I’d present it here with minimal edits. Please realize that the scholarship within this […]

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Defining faith in Hebrews 11.1

I have always thought that Hebrews 11.1 sounded beautiful, with a mystical air to it: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (KJV) Some of the mystery surrounding it resulted from its sounding so much like a riddle: a verse whose first few words signal a definition […]

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Campbell: what did Paul mean by “justified”?

Here’s an excerpt from the first part of a review of a book I’ve been interested in since I first heard about it. It’s from the New Perspective school of thinking, and at 1218 pages it promises to be an important work on the subject. The book is entitled, The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic […]

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

New Perspective

I’ve been trying to figure out a way to get into a topic I’ve been reading into for quite a while now, but it’s so deep and I’m so shallow. The issue is the so-called New Perspective on Paul. The Paul Page has some extraordinary articles describing it (start with Mattison’s summary), and so what […]

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008