In Vigilant Faith: Passionate Agnosticism in a SecularWorld, Daniel Boscaljon takes up the contemporary challenges to faith by skepticism andsecularism. He proposes a model of faith for believers and unbelievers alike-a passionateagnosticism-that is rooted in a skeptical consciousness. Skepticism and faith are structurallysimilar, he writes, in that they share an ",unknowing", quality. The author argues thatvigilance-the act of keeping watch, a spiritual practice in its own right-is asnecessary a precondition for the structure of faith as it is for the structure of skepticism. Asuspension in uncertainty and an openness to possibility require vigilance, he attests, if faith andskepticism are to avoid the often dogmatic tendencies of both theism and atheism to cling to theirown brands of certainty and knowledge. Boscaljon has three aims: to expand thecurrent, post-theistic definitions of God for greater relevance to human beings on an individualand existential level, to integrate skepticism into faith so that it will restore the importance offaith to current theology and recover it from anti-intellectual bias, and to conceptualize thevigilance of faith in such a way that can provide a vocabulary for distinguishing ",good faith", from",bad faith.", He offers a variety of cultural examples ranging from film to poetry to represent alife of faith and to show how its components come together in practice. As an alternative to theprevailing fundamentalisms in today's world, his book proposes a paradigmatic understanding of faithin which theism, atheism, and agnosticism refuse to differ.
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