Random notes, some of which are redundant at this point...
- The height or center of the Christian life (with apologies to St. Paul), not so much as playing a part in the acquisition of knowledge, and certainly not (hopefully) to be used as a tool to explain away difficulties, but rather as a context for understanding the whole of the Christian life in reason and experience.
- Strengthens, sustains, and promotes understanding and the acquisition of knowledge, and provides a context for the beginning, middle and end of the process of discovery
- Intertwined with mystery on some level, and grounded in a humility about our ignorance and fallibility, yet acts as a backbone of how we go about our lives in the world, and afterwards
- Energizes search as we begin to contemplate theology and life, helps set a trajectory to go in (or, shines a light on a path), promotes moderation of expectations
- Faith gives meaning and purpose to reason and a context to conclusions to fit into; it provides a wider context in which to understand life and beyond; provides a way of connecting the dots (facts, experiences, beliefs) into a coherent picture
- Has an ongoing role in keeping people grounded and stable, acts as a touchstone or foundation stone
- Should not be relied upon as a crutch, an excuse, or to allow blind obedience, but at the same time it provides stability when we need help, do not understand, or are having difficulties