Interpretations of the concept of faith in contemporary Protestant theology
Keywords:contemporary theology, faith, kerygma, narrative
The paper looks into the main logical interpretations of the phenomenon of faith in contemporary Protestant theology. The research methodology is based on the paradigmal analysis theory of theological knowledge of G. Kng and H. U. von Balthasar, which present-day co-developers are T. Rowland, F. Kerr, A. Kolodnyi, Y. Chernomorets, G. Khrystokin et al. The author draws a conclusion that contemporary Protestant theology interprets faith in a non-metaphysical and personalistic way. Thus, K. Bart perceives faith as a new way of living of an individual, that real mode of existence which existentialists distinguished from usual existence. That way of living becomes possible after an individual accepts his or her own condemnation acknowledged owing to propagation of Christian kerygma. Protestant theology of the late 20th-early 21st centuries interprets faith as commitment to the Community of God and acceptance of the biblical narrative (N. T. Wright). An alternative concept is interpretation of faith as intuitive knowledge (J. Milbank). In general, Protestant theologians describe faith as an occurrence which takes place during communication with God and as such, faith is not a result of activities of human abilities but a genuine gift from God, which the possessor can only accept and affirm.
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