I just noticed that Tony Jones’ blog picked up on Kevin Corcoran’s blog in which Kevin describes our recent conversation at the Emergent panel and on this blog. Kevin said that my question assumed “the view that belief is belief that,” where “the idea is that belief is belief that certain propositions are true.” Kevin went on, and this is the part which Jones cites, to say that God “is never satisfied with belief that. God is interested in the total reorientation and rearrangement of our lives, our loves, our desires our entire way of being in the world.”
Well, obviously. I completely agree with Jones and Corcoran that God is not satisfied with merely “belief that.” I have always said so–and clearly. My only point is that we can’t have “belief in” Jesus without a “belief that” about Jesus. We can’t follow Jesus if we don’t know who he is. Why is this so hard?