Faith and Hope –  Assurance and Conviction 9 – Conclusion  – Hope and Assurance, 2

While there is life, there is hope. – Marcus Tullius Cicero A ship should not ride on a single anchor, or a life on a single hope. – Epictetus When hope is taken away from a people moral degeneration follows swiftly after. – Pearl S. Buck A great Hope fell You heard no noise TheContinue reading “Faith and Hope –  Assurance and Conviction 9 – Conclusion  – Hope and Assurance, 2”

Faith and Hope,  Assurance and Conviction, 8 – Hope and Assurance, 1

Despite the self-flagellating oddity of the West’s admission of guilt, it is paradoxically out of the much-maligned West that all these much needed calls for reform and equalization of injustices and rights have come. 

Faith and Hope:  Assurance and Conviction, 7 – The Smell of Blood

As far as I can make out in reading scientific treatments of the question of origins written for ordinary folks, the farthest the cosmologists can reach back is about 14-15 billion years to the Big Bang.  Whether and why there was anything before that to “Bang” is, for the present and foreseeable future, enshrouded inContinue reading “Faith and Hope:  Assurance and Conviction, 7 – The Smell of Blood”

Faith and Hope:  Assurance and Conviction, 6

Humans do not function as merely and simply biological machinery.  All our history and experience from all the history we have any clue about declare that we have ever held to the Cosmos being an awesome and awe-full place which shouts that it was and is created by an operative will according to a design.  The will and design are demonstrated by what is, what is in evidence, in actual existence all around us, inside and out, in all things and everywhere all the time.  And it all points to Something higher and greater than we – in fact, Someone much more than Something.

The Parable of the Three Birds

Once upon a time, Mrs. Eagle, Mrs. Vulture, and Mrs. Crow met around a grizzly bear’s carcass.  The bear had simply died of old age.  Mrs. Eagle ate her fill and set aside some large portions at her feet to take back to her nest for her young.  Then Mrs. Vulture did the same, and finally Mrs. Crow had her turn.  At last, all were satisfied.

Faith and Hope:  Assurance and Conviction, 5

Trust-faith is always a personal affair, a decision made by individuals based on particular reasons that make a convincing case to the decider.  Such is conviction.  Assurance is a strong confidence that our conviction and trust is well-founded, having weighed the evidence from different perspectives, including the possibility that we may just be wrong in our conclusion, but that that is quite unlikely.  Hope is what flows from this combination for hope looks to the future with new eyes, new understanding, new possibilities and vistas founded on trust-faith, and the conviction and assurance that ground it and give it depth.

Faith and Hope:  Assurance and Conviction, 4

There is great mystery in our self-awareness.  It is inseparable from our knowledge of the very real existence of both good and evil, right and wrong, justice and injustice, selfishness and selflessness—all side by side in each of us, all vying for pre-eminence in our thinking, feeling, and acting. 

Faith and Hope:  Assurance and Conviction, 3

Tertullian’s point was that relying on forms of wisdom which exclude the Creator as the final source of truth maroon the seeker in the empty desert of forever chasing new propositions, forever seeking another savant with the next level of understanding, and forever discovering yet another dead-end road with no food for the empty heart and soul.  A very fair-minded man, Tertullian criticized Christian deviants as vehemently as he took apart the nonsense the secularists of his day spouted against Jesus and his followers.

Faith and Hope: Assurance and Conviction, 2 – The Great Divide

The West is in moral, spiritual, and a deepening social and cultural crisis.  As the world’s global cultural engine over the last two hundred years, it has dragged the whole world into the maelstrom of its Mr. Toad Wild Ride which shows no end in sight.

Faith and Hope, Assurance and Conviction, 1

Theists, atheists, agnostics, polytheists, Deists, monists, pantheists – it matters not.  We are bred to believe, not just to exist.  We are made and formed to trust that there is meaning behind the blind-seeming, ineluctable powers and forces enveloping us in the time-space continuum, or the quantum-chance continuum if you prefer.