Faith: What It Is and What It Isn't

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-07-30
  • Publisher: Orbis Books

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This accessible book that addresses what faith is and what it means in our lives can serve as an introduction to the study of theology or religious studies. The five chapters include (1) Misunderstanding Faith, (2) Defining Faith, (3) Expressing Faith, (4) Living Faith, and (5) Justifying Faith. Because most of us live in a world with multiple faith traditions, this books deals broadly with the nature and expression of faith across traditionsincluding religious traditions and secular traditions such as human

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Misunderstanding Faithp. 3
Faith and Beliefp. 3
Faith and Moralityp. 10
Faith and Feelingp. 16
Faith and Religionp. 19
Conclusionp. 25
Defining Faithp. 26
People of Faithp. 26
The God(s) of Faithp. 32
The Relationship of Faithp. 49
Conclusionp. 56
Expressing Faithp. 57
Understanding Faithp. 57
Articulating Faithp. 60
Conclusionp. 73
Living Faithp. 74
Stories of Faithp. 74
Symbols of Faithp. 88
Practices of Faithp. 95
Conclusionp. 100
Justifying Faithp. 102
Assessing Faithp. 102
Appraising Faithp. 109
Conclusionp. 125
Excursusp. 127
Appendix: An Argument about Projection Theoriesp. 129
Projections and Constructionsp. 129
Faith in the Light of Constructivismp. 136
Referencesp. 139
Works Consultedp. 143
Index of Subjectsp. 147
Index of Namesp. 151
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