I will be posting all my research here for the Topic which we are now focused on. This is a hidden page and I covet your input as you feel “so moved” (as we used ti say back in the day), in the comments section
There seems to be a real distinction between these two common words, that Christianity seems to have blurred somewhat. Deliberately? Well let’s try to find out.
I have also been working on “The case Against James” in which I have been trying to nut out what exactly the “Apostles Doctrine” was, that is mentioned in Acts. We can make some presumptions, based on how the Jerusalem church acted, and what it taught, and the judgements made by James, along with the actions of Peter, John, and Jude. Acts says that the church continued in the Apostles doctrine. Paul in Romans chapter 10 seems to indicate that the Apostles doctrine was crap, as I have indicated here. Then we have Jude’s comment that we should contend for the faith once given to the saints. We know who the saints would have been to Jude – they would have been old Testament apostles and prophets – people like Moses Joshua Isaiah et cetera. The point I’m making here is that the Apostles doctrine appeared to pivot on belief. When we check acts out, when Peter makes his defence before James issues his judgement in I think chapter 15, he says that the Gentiles would listen and believe. Now Peter had actually seen the risen Christ, whereas Gentile “believers” had not. Peter was acting on knowledge and asking others to act on belief. So will be making an appeal to etymology, the history of the new Testament and I suppose whatever else comes to mind. I’m dictating this, and don’t have enough patience to go back and capitalise what needs capitalised and punctuate what needs punctuating.
The etymology of belief is very interesting and can be found here.
Of particular interest is this little gem found on that page, “Meaning “conviction of the truth of a proposition or alleged fact without knowledge” is by 1530s; it is also “sometimes used to include the absolute conviction or certainty which accompanies knowledge” [Century Dictionary]. From c. 1200 as “a creed, essential doctrines of a religion or church, things held to be true as a matter of religious doctrine;” the general sense of “That which is believed” is by 1714.”
Especially definitions 1-4 Link here
Next I plan to check faith against knowledge using the greek rather than the english – look for direct contrasts then look for working english equivs.
Goal – to make this contrast as simple as possible without needless equivocity.