Emotional and intellectual assent

Friday, 1 August 2014

An extract from today's lunch time read.

It would seem that Christianity requires both emotional and intellectual assent. If there is only emotion, the mind asks troubling questions that, if not answered, might lead to a falling away, for love cannot be sustained without understanding. On the other hand, there is a gap which must be bridged by emotion. If one is suspicious of the upsurge of feeling that may be incipient faith, how is one to cross the gap?

- Sheldon Vanauken: A Severe Mercy (1977)

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