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Point of discussion: ‘simple faith’ risks Utopianism


To some extent, those who believe that the doctrinal and theological controversies should have been, and ought to be, avoided for the sake of ‘simple faith’ are guilty of a Utopian presupposition. A fallen and messy world, in which we see God through a glass darkly, affords us no optimism that simplifying our faith will make life in this world any better. To turn the matter to the positive side, if we try to grasp the inexhaustible meanings of the Incarnation, grace, the sacraments, and the Creation that God called ‘good,’ don’t we risk complexity for the sake of understanding? Is it undesirable to have a complex expression of a faith that is both historical and eternal?

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-Colin Burch