Re: [asa] Methodological Atheism in Biblical Studies - errata

From: Murray Hogg <>
Date: Thu Oct 02 2008 - 16:45:19 EDT

Hi all,

For what it's worth, the second quote from Ebeling in my post should have been contiguous. As it stands an inadvertent formatting error makes it look like either a paragraph break should be included or an omission was made.

The proper formatting would be WITHOUT any break between "...the well-intentioned neutrals" and ". Everyone has his idea of what Christian faith is." viz;

<cite> is an undertaking which is both necessary and hazardous, to put the question about the nature of Christian faith. It is necessary because there can be no faith without understanding. It is hazardous because we might become aware how deep our misunderstanding and our lack of understanding go, whether we affirm the Christian faith or reject it. For this is the risk which one takes in raising this question. It is possible that on a closer examination things are different from what one had hitherto imagined. Ideas that we had thought to be self-evident could break up. Our attitude to the Christian faith and thereby our own existence could begin to move in a way that we did not like at all. A transformation in our thinking and understanding could be demanded which we would not know how to endure. Moreover, as I say, this is true for both groups, for the adherents as well as for the opponents of the Christian faith-not to forget the third group, the well-intentioned neutrals
. Everyone has his idea of what Christian faith is. This is the basis of his attitude. This idea must not be touched if one's attitude is neither to falter nor be revised. It is not only the adherents of the Christian faith who think they know all about it and therefore try to immunise themselves as far as possible from any further questioning. It is also true of the decided opponents of Christian faith that their position depends on a specific understanding of Christian faith. To question this understanding seems to them to be a tiresome suggestion, which is of course meaningless from the start. Even the great numbers of distant well-wishers of the Christian faith who readily admit that they understand little about it are indifferent or resigned or agnostic because they have reached a position in which they have basically settled the problem, or at any rate expect precious little from any more detailed questioning.

Murray Hogg
Pastor, East Camberwell Baptist Church, Victoria, Australia
Post-Grad Student (MTh), Australian College of Theology

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