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It is in an intellectual, ecumenical setting that all theology can become most profound and most relevant, when it must constantly meet the challenges and problems of all the disciplines and all the faiths--and unfaiths....
The greatest threat posed by the Camp of Unfaith and arrogant powers lies in its intervention and influence over the structures of the new political systems in these countries.
This hermeneutics implies a special type of objectivity: the new being designed by the biblical text, in front of the text but starting from the text, is a "being for us," but a being beyond our feelings, states of mind, faith or unfaith. (72) This new being develops inside me with the help of imagination (of its variations) and not with the help of will, since before any decision and choice there is our power to open ourselves to new possibilities.
unfaith; they are simply received by Christ." (96) For Marpeck,
He foreboded the fiercest battle the world had yet known between good and evil, faith and unfaith." (52)
The first poem terms Stevens' "art of imprecise exactitude" as "ageless as that Passion the mass resumes / Though candles waste and rustle in the draft," and asks "Cecilia" to "pardon" Stevens' "Sunday Morning hymn of our unfaith." The second poem, which Steele thinks may be related to Cunningham's mother's death, mentions the speaker's use of the rosary beads to "come to her," "fingering the hard beads that shape the whole,-- Not otherwise than to the type, the way, Earthen image of the one God and true, From where my hand and sentiment may stray....
When the road is rough, it is not an act of unfaith to release our thoughts to God in lament.
To Tennyson this book was quite simply "blasphemous." Emily recorded that he spoke "despondingly of Swinburne's book and of the tone of literature in his set" and foresaw the "fiercest battle" between "good and evil, faith and unfaith." (8) By Spring 1871 he was completing The Last Tournament, and it may well have been at this point that he developed the section on Tristram and Isolt--in which Tristram exemplifies that destructive combination of atheism, hedonism and sensuality Tennyson saw and loathed in Swinburne (though he always remained a great admirer of the latter's poetic abilities).
"In turn there are also examples of the Godless, how God does not pardon the unfaith of the unbelieving." (44) Most important, law makes it possible to identify sin and the necessity of grace.
Yoder, Christian Witness to the State, pp., 71-73, where he drew a diagram as his own proposal for the church's social witness in which he distinguished the two different societies based upon the presuppositions of faith and unfaith. It seems to me that the line between the two societies was rather too thick and definite.
(11) Today, as we are offered the stark choices of civilizational clash--between Faith and Unfaith, or Terror and Democracy--it is illuminating to grasp something that demands an understanding that is less dogmatic and totalizing, a philosophy of the part, a perspective that acknowledges its own partiality `as a necessity of life'.