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Faith and Philosophy

Volume 7, Issue 4, October 1990

The Nature of Christian Faith

Keith E. Yandell
Pages 451-469
DOI: 10.5840/faithphil19907434

The Nature of Faith
Religious, Monotheistic, and Christian

A religious tradition’s rational kernel interprets the basic human situation and its attendant religious problem, and proffers a solution. Religious faith involves accepting, and living in accord with, a kernel’s teachings. If the kernel is monotheistic, faith includes trust in God; if a kernel is Christian, it also involves trust in Christ. In addition, faith presupposes a certain epistemological ambiguity. There must be some evidence that the kernel is false, or at least what is such evidence unless one accepts a theory that is based only on the kernel itself.

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