Re: Faith (was Re: resurrection etc)

From: george murphy (
Date: Sat Feb 16 2002 - 20:20:58 EST

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    John W Burgeson wrote:

    > George wrote:
    > " GLM: "I'm going to let Dr. D perform a life or death operation on me
    > tomorrow."
    > JB: "Who is Dr. D?"
    > GLM: "I don't know."
    > I cave. You are beyond me on this one. But you brought back a recent
    > memory which was, at the time, fairly traumatic.
    > At one time I participated in almost exactly the dialog above, taking
    > the part of GLM. "Dr. D." was another name, a person I literally did not
    > know, had never heard of, had never seen.
    > What I knew about "Dr. D." was that he was being recommended by a cardiac
    > man I did know and had some confidence in.
    > That was in June of 1995 and I'm still alive.
    > So the conversation does not seem all that problematical.

            It would if you hadn't believe that Dr. D existed or that he/she was
    a doctor.
            There's a great deal of personal information about Jesus that won't
    be available to us in this life & isn't necessary - his physical appearance,
    what he was doing for the first ~30 years of his life, his favorite color,
    &c. But if we didn't think that he was a distinct person &, in particular,
    one whose qualities &/or actions made him worthy of trust, we wouldn't talk
    about believing in him.
            The distinction between "believing that" and "believing in" is valid,
    but you can't believe _in_ a person unless you believe _that_ there is such a



    George L. Murphy
    "The Science-Theology Interface"

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