The "leap of faith"
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(05-17-2010, 07:58 PM)Servus_Maria Wrote:
(05-17-2010, 12:43 PM)Walty Wrote: Strictly speaking, I do not believe that leaps of faith are needed for one to become Christian. Certainly they happen but I don't believe they're necessary for one to arrive at faith and I think Thomas would agree.

How so? Something like the resurrection of Christ seems to require this leap to faith as there are no proofs that Christ really did rise from the dead, only the testimony of the gospels.

There are no proofs in a completely empirical sense, no.  That doesn't mean that we don't have logical and reasonable reason to believe in the resurrection, however.  We know that there are many reliable accounts of Jesus of Nazareth having arisen and being seen after his death.  We know that something moved a group of Jews and Gentiles to give their entire lives over to preaching and to eventually give up their lives.  We know that Christianity, when looked at in a number of different ways, seems to be the only system which can explain our great questions.

Out of these avenues and many others we have intellectual reason to be Christian just as we have intellectual reason to believe that Neptune has water or that there is an afterlife, even if those things have not been proven empirically. 
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The "leap of faith" - by Historian - 05-17-2010, 11:12 AM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by WhollyRoaminCatholic - 05-17-2010, 11:36 AM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Historian - 05-17-2010, 11:44 AM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by St.Ambrose - 05-17-2010, 12:40 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Walty - 05-17-2010, 12:43 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by St.Ambrose - 05-17-2010, 12:47 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Jesse - 05-17-2010, 01:11 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Walty - 05-17-2010, 01:14 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by St.Ambrose - 05-17-2010, 01:15 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by St.Ambrose - 05-17-2010, 01:16 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Walty - 05-17-2010, 01:19 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by St.Ambrose - 05-17-2010, 01:21 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by timoose - 05-17-2010, 02:53 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by SouthpawLink - 05-17-2010, 03:43 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Vetus Ordo - 05-17-2010, 04:03 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Edward - 05-17-2010, 05:06 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Walty - 05-17-2010, 06:52 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Historian - 05-17-2010, 07:58 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Walty - 05-17-2010, 08:05 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Historian - 05-17-2010, 08:30 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by winoblue1 - 05-17-2010, 09:15 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by DesperatelySeeking - 05-18-2010, 09:11 AM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by SaintSebastian - 05-18-2010, 10:02 AM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Walty - 05-19-2010, 10:39 PM



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