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With reference to at least two different areas of study, discuss the contribution of the Key people, Movements, or traditions to the concept/theme of faith. The Oxford English dictionary defines faith as, "complete trust, an unquestioning confidence." Many people, in defining faith, speak about believing in the impossible or trusting in something/someone without proof. As Watton states, "Faith is our attitude in the presence of someone, or some event, whose goodness and greatness is greater than we can fully grasp, describe or explain." According to Michael P Gallagher, "Faith is a gift of god... a human yes of recognition spoken to a divine yes of love." Faith is about a journey, and a quest. A search for truth and meaning. Within the 2 areas of study- the theology of Luke and the Celtic Church and its missionary outreach in the 5th, 6th and 7th centuries, I will examine the concept of faith in relation to key people. I am also going to look at the religious theme surrounding faith-universality. In both Luke's gospel and the Celtic Church a number of key people are called to faith, to leave their old life and join Jesus in a new life of faith. ...read more.


Similarly, in the Celtic Church, CB surfaces as a key person in spreading the faith. CB was also called to be a universal saviour and inspired many followers- he had to found a 3rd monastery in Fontaine's due to the popularity. He worked with great energy for 24 years bringing people to faith in France, Switzerland, and Italy. His influence continued for centuries after his death as those he converted to faith now handed on the faith. The brothers he taught evangelised untold numbers and founded over 100 monasteries to protect learning and spread the faith. Thus, within the 2 areas of study, faith involved a ministry for the key people, in this case for the disciples in Luke's gospel and for the Celtic Church in the form of CB. Furthermore, it becomes apparent in reading both Luke's Gospel and the Celtic Church that faith involved opposition and difficulty. To follow the Lord's conversion to faith involves sacrifice of family, jobs, security, and is fraught with many difficulties. In Luke's gospel, all key people encountered difficulties and opposition to their faith. The widow's mite is one example of how faith is very costly. ...read more.


Finally, it seems apparent that key people, both in Luke, and the Celtic Church are further demanded to show mercy and forgiveness as a way of bringing others back to faith in God. Jesus illustrates this demand to his disciples many times. The parables of the lost show God's eagerness to bring people back to the faith. The disciples are to forgive others 7 times 70, forgiveness should be unlimited. Likewise, Patrick stands out as a key person in the Celtic Church who has obeyed God's demand of mercy. Patrick's letter to Corocticus illustrates his willingness to forgive "even at the last minute" before death. So, in reflection, it is evident that for the key people, both in the Celtic Church and in Luke's gospel, a life of faith involved many demands. In conclusion, the concept of faith is an important issue both in Luke's gospel and the Celtic Church. Jesus was the faithful believer who inspired faith in key people like Mary, the 72 disciples, and the first fishermen. Faith was also integral to the lives of the saints and the missionaries of the Celtic Church. Faith in Luke and the Celtic Church involved a call to faith, a ministry of faith, and opposition to faith. Many key women in Luke and the Celtic Church also exhibited faith. The concept of faith also has relevance for human experience today. ...read more.

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