Faith seeking understanding

Faith arises in us under the creative impact of the self-witness and self-interpretation of God in his Word, and in response to the claims of his divine reality upon us which we cannot reasonably or in good conscience resist. It takes the form of a listening obedience to the address and call of God’s Word and the specific beliefs that are called forth from us like this entail at their heart a conceptual or epistemic consent to divine truth and become interiorly locked into it. (T. F. Torrance, The Trinitarian Faith, p. 21)

Jesus on the Sky

We must learn from God himself what we are to think of him, for ‘God cannot be apprehended except through himself.’ (T. F. Torrance, The Trinitarian Faith, p. 21)

On the one hand, then, faith is characterised by a certainty of conviction which derives its force from the truth of God himself thrust upon it, but on the other hand, faith is characterised by an open, ever-expanding semantic focus which answers to the unfathomable mystery and inexhaustible nature of God. (T. F. Torrance, The Trinitarian Faith, p. 22)

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2 thoughts on “Faith seeking understanding

  1. Simple though it seems my personal definition of faith that I have arrived at over the past 10 years is 'living with curiosity'. Those times when I bring my concerns to my Father and I am able to trustfully watch (with expectant and unhurried curiousity) just how He will work things, out rather than fret or worry, those times are when I have lived by faith.


  2. Thanks Mum,
    there is a rule in ancient Christian theology which goes,
    'lex orandi, lex credendi' – the rule of prayer is the rule of faith. It expresses that our theological reflections are not to be based on philosophical assumptions or deductive arguments, but on how we worship God. It's good to be reminded of that.


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