Pop culture (and many Christians!) wrongly define the Christian concept of faith. A chief offender: atheist activist Peter Boghossian. Peter and the disciples (get it?) define faith as “pretending to know things you don’t know”. We need to ask:
- What is their authority for this definition?
- Have they done any basic exegetical work?
- What is their justification for their interpretation?
- Where do they pull their definition from – what is their source?
No wise student of belief systems should act as if all frameworks have an identical definition of this concept (faith). A person may not agree with the way Christian theology defines faith but shouldn’t they at least understand how Christians have historically understood the concept? If not, what are they accomplishing? Maybe what they intend – to score points.