Peter Enns’ The Sin of Certainty is not for the lighthearted. I’m reading it right now. It has raised some worthy questions–questions I never thought of (perhaps the sign of a good book?).
For Mr. Enns this journey has been about the difference between “correct thinking” and “Trust in God.” For him, they are not one and the same thing.
Working out what we believe is worthy of serious time and effort in our lives of faith. But our pursuit of having the right beliefs and locking them up in a vault are not the center of faith. Trust in God is. When holding to correct thinking becomes the center, we have shrunk faith in God to an intellectual exercise, a human enterprise, where differences need to be settled through debate first before faith can get off the ground.
I’m guilty as charged.
I’ve found myself over the years to have “shrunk faith in God to an intellectual exercise, a human enterprise, concluding that a set of correct beliefs in God is what I truly need rather than simple trust in God.
You know, like fitting God in a box of my own intellectual exercises and clever arguments.
Mr. Enns says this is what biblical faith is. In his book he demonstrates this thesis over and over. But I do have some questions for Mr. Enns. More to follow…