Athens and Jerusalem: the role of philosophy in faith, with analysis by St. Gregory Palamas

For me the role of philosophy in Christian faith has always been something like Anselm’s famous motto: “faith seeking understanding.” When applied to the faith, Philosophy is just faith seeking understanding, useful for synthesizing with reason those things initially accepted by faith. Philosophy offers the chance to know those things which the faith preaches. Didn’t…

Kierkegaard’s view on Faith and conquering Anxiety

“No one can be wholly and indivisibly in the present,” writes Kierkegaard, “before he is finished with the future.” With this single line Kierkegaard exposes profound implications of both faith and how to conquer anxiety. In Kierkegaard’s most spiritual works, the “Upbuilding Discourses”, he battles with the question, “How do I know I have faith…

Is Your Christianity Gnostic?

Is Your Christianity Gnostic? Nearly a year ago I cashed in my independent, Protestant, evangelical faith for the ancient Christian faith of Eastern Orthodoxy. In a short blog series I attempted to catalog much of my first year’s worth of “a-ha moments” as I stumbled through my new found home. As this first year comes…

Church Without Tradition?

Church Without Tradition? I understand why many people are frightened by Church Tradition. I sure was. For me Church Tradition was the enemy; it was the great resurgence of the kind of “Pharisee-ism” which Jesus Christ fought against in the gospels and ultimately died to save us from. Tradition was the great antithesis of faith;…

The Greatest Problem with Christian Teaching Today

The greatest problem with Christian teaching today is the training of the mind independent of the call to action. Even when action is demanded it is demanded is such a way as to validate ones abstract thinking and intentions as the only “action” required. The examples are many but it should suffice to cite one.…

Grace and Works: Part One

I have been struck for some time with the way Christianity in modern times has dismissed the human body. Meaning that, much of the emphasis today in the preaching and teaching of the gospel is fixed on the issues of the spirit in such as way as to dismiss the importance of the believers life…

Faith and Reason: Dichotomy?

The ways in which faith and reason work together are manifold. The most interesting of which, in my opinion, is the way some things “get understood” by a person. There are indeed many dead-ends with rationality. Cold, calculating, objective logic works wonders in a chemical lab. But those same attributes can be killers when put to work in the real life of a real human being.

Faith and Reason: What is the Biblical Concept of Faith?

So, what is meant when someone says that faith and reason are opposed to each other? I think that ordinarily one has in mind the concept of faith as “blind faith,” a sort of stepping out into the dark, that of shutting off one’s brain – the exact opposite of reason. But the Biblical concept of faith does not lend itself so easily to such dichotomies. To begin with, faith, Biblically speaking, is not merely belief, or trust, or leaping into the dark of the unknown. Well then, what is it?

The best route for describing faith in such a short article may be to just throw it out there and then try to explain as much as possible. Here it is: Faith is a life lived, not an idea thought.