The enterprise of Faith Seeking Understanding is the attempt to better understand and articulate the truths found in the scripture not going beyond the scripture. It is not merely an approach to turn our belief into knowledge but turning out faith-knowledge to understanding-knowledge.
It begins with God and his revelation. So we apply our reason to explain something that must be coherent with the teachings of the scripture. However, it has risks while using philosophy in religion. There could be potential different understandings between philosophers. Sometimes philosophical logic or reason can undermine our faith. But in order to understand the concept of loving God with mind, it can help us to grasp this idea.
Early christians and theologians were involved in the Faith Seeking Understanding enterprise to defend Christianity from the torrent attacks from the world. Justin martyr and Augustine of Hippo are two of those people who were influenced by Greek philosophy. Later, they used their Greek philosophical knowledge to articulate the christian truth effectively to the world.
Justin Martyr (103-165 A.D.), also known as Saint Justin, was an early Christian apologist. He wrote apologies and dialogues to defend the Christian Faith from false charges that were brought against Christianity. However, only two apologies and a dialogue survived till this day. Majority of his works are lost in the history.
In his “Logos Christology,” Justin Martyr tries to articulate the relation between the First and the Second Godhead of the Trinity, the Father and the Son, borrowing the language of Logos from the Gospel of John 1. We might say it the Logos Theory. He draws the analogy between the Spoken Word and the Divine Word from John 1, “In the beginning…” The Spoken Word has power and its independent existence and influence. For example, when I speak, words from my mouth go forth which are my own. They bear my authority. Thus, I am not diminished. Continue reading Biblical Nuggets: “Logos Christology” of Justin Martyr
The enterprise of Faith Seeking Understanding is an attempt to better understand and articulate the truth found in the Scripture, not going beyond the Scritpure. It begins with the revelation of God in the Scripture. It is not merely an approach to turn our belief into knowledge but turning our faith-knowledge to understanding knowledge. Continue reading Biblical Nuggets: The Enterprise of Faith Seeking Understaning