A Surprise – John Dominic Crossan On Faith

I never thought that’d I’d be quoting Jesus Seminar scholar, John Dominic Crossan favourably in a blog post but here we go. Here’s Crossan on a biblical (!) view of faith:

Faith does not mean intellectual consent to a proposition, but vital commitment to a program. Obviously, one could summarize a program in a proposition, but faith can never be reduced to factual assent rather than total dedication. Faith (pistis) is not just a partial mind-set, but a total lifestyle commitment. The crucial aspect of faith as commitment is that it is always an interactive process, a bilateral contract, a two-way street. Faith is covenantal and presumes faithfulness from both parties with, of course, all appropriate differences and distinctions.