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January 7, 2006

Random Thought on Defending the Faith

I've read here and there about the proper means of defending one's faith. It occurred to me at some time that the most useful, most effective, most reliable means of defending one's faith is to live it as it is meant to be lived, without stint, without quibble, without making a point of it.

It also occurred to me that this is by far the most difficult means of defending one's faith--one that, while not reserved to Saints, certainly most effectively demonstrated by them. Some of these Saints also defended their faith in other ways--in physical battle, in intellectual battle, in protracted debate. But others did not so engage, and yet they still won the hearts and minds and souls of a great many. I guess I would say that living your faith in its entirety is a precursor to being able to defend it in any intellectual capacity.

Posted by Steven Riddle at January 7, 2006 8:54 AM

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Thank you! That was excellent.

Posted by: Barb Szyszkiewicz, sfo at January 7, 2006 11:07 AM

Exactly so.

Posted by: Julie D. at January 7, 2006 11:21 AM


I have found that at times defending our faith can lead to living it better. But perhaps that is only true for those of us who require the crutch of having to practice what we preach (thus the necessity of the preaching).

Posted by: Zippy at January 8, 2006 12:10 AM

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