Here’s Ronald Rolheiser‘s take on faith from the Preface of Against An Infinite Horizon:

“To have faith is to see everything against an infinite horizon. That is a useful definition. Faith is not a question of basking in the certainty that there is a God and that God is taking care of us. Many of us are never granted this kind of assurance. Certitude is not the real substance of faith. Faith is a way of seeing things. It is meant to change our eyesight, to take the reality of our lives and all that is in them–everyday work, relationships, family, love, sex, hurt, longing, fidelity, failure, sin, suffering, and death–and set these against the horizon of the eternal and the infinite. What faith does is give us a double vision: When we have the eyes of faith we see a certain divine glow shimmering within the ordinary, just as we see all that is ordinary against a horizon of the eternal … “

I like parts of this description, but am not entirely sure about other parts (ironically, the part about “certitude”). This excerpt seems to flesh out a way to read Hebrews 11, that infamous passage on faith. But it also seems to take God out of it, or least the implications of having a relationship with Him. I can’t seem to square Josh Koh‘s definition of “spiritual maturity,” which is “to be teachable, but have confidence in who God is” with Rolheiser’s definition of faith. But somehow, I have a feeling that the certitude or confidence these guys are talking about is not of the fundamentalist type.

I welcome any comments or illumination.

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