Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.


What I know and what I believe

Some matters I believe and some matters I have to take on faith. Yet the categories of belief and faith are not as clearly defined as one might think. Sometimes we speak as if science deals with facts, while religion deals with blind trust. It’s not that simple.

Frank's photo of a first grade classroom in NepalI might say, “I know there is a Key West, Florida” and “I know there is a Kathmandu, Nepal.” But these statements are not equal. I know there is a Kathmandu as my wife and I spent two months there on our honeymoon. It’s not too much of a statement of faith to say that the city continues to exist even though we haven’t been there for 22 years. The same sources of information that told me the place existed before I visited, tell me of its continued existence.

On the other hand, I have never been to Key West. But I do know people who have and I believe the things I have both heard and read about the place and feel like I know something of that place as well.

These matters were considered more thoroughly by an intellect I can’t pretend to match in the fourth century by Augustine of Hippo. Augustine was a promising student in the Roman Empire. Though he was from North Africa, he was sent to Rome and trained in rhetoric at a time when the best and the brightest studied rhetoric. He knew logic and philosophy. And when talented rhetoritician came to faith in Jesus Christ, he brought his God-given gifts of reason with him into the church.

This post, which is my religion column for today's issue of the Tribune & Georgian continues here: What I know and what I believe

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  • At 4/18/2008 11:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I believe that I think I know there is a restaurant in Key West that serves rattle snake. But, I have no faith in that statement as I have never been to Key West and would probably not go to a restaurant that serves rattle snake.

    Also, I don't believe that rattle snake tastes like chicken. I was told that frog legs and gator tail taste like chicken and I believed, therefore, I tasted. They didn't taste like chicken. I know that I believe that chicken tastes like chicken, so I'll put my faith in tasting like chicken in chicken.

    I know for a fact that I believe that Jesus is the Son of God. I place my faith in this too! :)

    BTW Good Article!


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