Faith as Paradox


I’ve been hard at work on a second book and just received the uncorrected proofs on Saturday. It’s called The Grand Paradox: The Messiness of Life, the Mystery of God and the Necessity of Faith and seeks to describe and define faith and what it means to live out the Christian life.

One of the thinkers I lean on heavily in the text is Soren Kierkegaard. Kierkegaard, arguably, shaped my understanding of faith more than any other Christian writer. He disavowed me of the notion of faith as mental assent and firmly planted in me the conviction that faith is obedience, trust and the reality of leaning of God amidst the uncertainty of life.

Here is a nugget from Kierkegaard that might take a minute or two to digest. It speaks directly, however, to the idea of walking by faith rather than sight (and probability).

When it is a question of making a resolution, the calculation of probability is a contemptible fellow, a bungler, a peddler. It seeks to trick people out of something more than money is worth. Anyone who seeks the aid of probability is lost in imagination, whatever else he may try to do. When making a resolution, if you do not meet up with God, you might as well have never lived. Probability is a commercial paper not quoted in heaven. In making a resolution, therefore, let God overawe probability and rend it speechless.

If you find Kierkegaard, faith or the topic of Christian living interesting, you can see more or pre-order the book on Amazon here.



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