Kingdom Triangle Discussion

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

What is Christianity?

In Kingdom Triangle, JP repeatedly makes the point that Christianity is fundamentally a "knowledge tradition" and not a "faith tradition" (see page 230 of the index, under "faith" and "knowledge tradition," for further references).

Why do you think JP makes this distinction?
What difference does it make?
Do you tend to live your life as though Christianity is a faith tradition or a knowledge tradition?

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1 comment:

OccamsRazor said...

I don't believe J. P is saying that the two ("knowledge tradition" and "faith tradition”) are separate and at odds with each other; but that many churches and believers are way too far on the end of the “faith tradition” side instead of somewhere in the middle. It is like they looking at “Christianity” more like opposite ends of a line with “knowledge tradition” at one end and “faith tradition at the other; when in reality that line should be visualized to represent the ends of that line being brought together in a circle and divided only by a razor thin line. What we need to understand is that the two are not linear and at opposite ends from each other, but are both part of the same circle.

If we look at Webster’s definition; the first definition begs the question as if the information or understanding is true. I believe the second comes closer to what J.P. is suggesting; a cognitive response (action) to a belief we hold true (a reasonable conclusion based on hope attained through weighing all the evidence) i.e. knowledge is a result of a process. 1: the range of one's information or understanding 2: the circumstance or condition of apprehending truth or fact through reasoning.

One can have knowledge and that knowledge not true. But the only way one can make the call as to what is "true" truth is by substantiated experience (the natural laws) and corroborating evidential information. However, one must first have faith (belief in ACTION) to acquire knowledge. You must test that which you hope to be true (faith) and through this process knowledge is attained.

I believe what J. P.’s thesis is; that there is too much “Fidestic” faith being practiced in the church, which as a result fuels our post modernistic bent society, while not going head to head in an evidential court of reasoning with scientific naturalism.