What is Faith?
1. Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
"this restores one's faith in politicians"
synonyms:trust, belief, confidence, conviction, credence, reliance, dependence
2.strong belief in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual conviction rather than proof.
"bereaved people who have shown supreme faith"
Take some time to think about your approaches to your faith by filling out the questionnaire.
How do you define "faith"?
What defines your faith?
What is your central question about faith and life?
What questions, thoughts, musings arose as you watched the short film on faith?
How Has Your Faith Been Tested?
Our very own faith story is filled with individuals who have had heir faith tested?
Trials can be a test of our faith. Do we believe in God even in the midst of pain and suffering? Do we believe in the promises of God even when everything looks impossible? Do we trust in God even if He does not deliver us? Do we trust in God even when we do not understand His ways and working in our lives?
Here are just a few who have been tried and tested:
What do we learn about faith from these individuals?
Take some time to reflect on a time that you feel your faith was tested-what did this "evaluation" teach you?
When Faith Feels Fragile
How do our choices reveal something about our faith?
Faith...A Staged Approach
A Faith Development Perspective
After reading Fowler's 6 stages of faith development contemplate the following:
1) Are there some questions of faith and morality that become lifelong concerns and therefore do not appear in a temporary stage or level-specific concern or crisis of meaning?
2) Do relationships themselves need to be examined regarding their development rather than focusing just on the individual?
3) What is growth? Are we growing when we achieve trust, when we work at de-mythologizing our world-view, become more intimate in our relations? What is learned through failure and suffering?
Thomas Doubts No More
Aquinas' Five Proofs
What real evidence can be supplied for God's existence? St. Thomas, in his Summa Theologica, sets forth five separate proofs for the existence of God. St. Thomas' proofs rely on the world of our experience-what we can see around us.
l) The Proof from Motion. We observe motion all around us. Whatever is in motion now was at rest until moved by something else, and that by something else, and so on. But if there were an infinite series of movers, all waiting to be moved by something else, then actual motion could never have got started, and there would be no motion now. But there is motion now. So there must be a First Mover which is itself unmoved. This First Mover we call God.
2) The Proof from Efficient Cause. Everything in the world has its efficient cause--its maker--and that maker has its maker, and so on. The coffee table was made by the carpenter, the carpenter by his or her parents, and on and on. But if there were just an infinite series of such makers, the series could never have got started, and therefore be nothing now. But there is something everything there is! So there must have been a First Maker, that was not itself made, and that First Maker we call God.
3) The Proof from Necessary vs. Possible Being. Possible, or contingent, beings are those, such as cars and trees and you and I, whose existence is not necessary. For all such beings there is a time before they come to be when they are not yet, and a time after they cease to be when they are no more. If everything were merely possible, there would have been a time, long ago, when nothing had yet come to be. Nothing comes from nothing, so in that case there would be nothing now! But there is something now-the world and everything in it-so there must be at least one necessary being. This Necessary Being we call God.
4) The Proof from Degrees of Perfection. We all evaluate things and people in terms of their being more or less perfectly true, good, noble and so on. We have certain standards of how things and people should be. But we would have no such standards unless there were some being that is perfect in every way, something that is the truest, noblest, and best. That Most Perfect Being we call God.
5) The Proof from Design. As we look at the world around us, and ourselves, we see ample evidence of design--the bird's wing, designed for the purpose of flight; the human ear, designed for the purpose of hearing; the natural environment, designed to support life; and on and on. If there is design, there must be a designer. That Designer we call God