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Challenges to Faith Sample Answer

  1. 1. How do the following world views challenge religious faith? Atheism Atheism is the world view that denies the existence of God. People with religious faith believe in God. For example a Christian believes in one God. It is a monotheistic faith. Atheism could cause a person of faith to question their beliefs in God and the after life if they meet someone who lives a very happy life without the presence of God in their lives they could begin to doubt the importance of Religion as a source of meaning in their lives. Atheism could also cause a person of religious faith to question the after life. An atheist does not believe in the after life. For a Christian this might cause them to doubt the Christian belief in the resurrection. Agnosticism is the world view that states that there is not enough evidence to believe in God. This again is something that could cause a Christian to question their religious beliefs. A person’s religious belief is based on faith . It is also based on historical evidence for the life of Jesus(Tacitus).It is also based on the gospels written by the evangelists which are documents of religious faith. The fact that an agnostic believes that there is not enough evidence for the
  2. 2. existence of God could lead a Christian and person of faith to doubt this evidence. It could also cause them to ask questions about the teachings of the church, encyclicals of the pope and documents like the catechism and the second Vatican councils. It could call all of this evidence into question for a person of faith. Materialism: Materialists are people who believe we find meaning in life through material objects. They put material objects that we can see, feel and touch first in their lives. This challenges religious faith because we cannot see God . It is a leap of faith. The material worldview could cause a person of religious faith to question God because he can’t be seen in the same way as material objects can. Secularism is the world view that religion should have no place in the state of a country. Religion should have no influence on the laws of a country. Ireland has become more secular in recent years. Abortion legislation was introduced a few months ago. More recently our Minister for education says that he thinks religion should not be taught in primary school. This is a challenge to people of religious faith. They will want to ensure that the faith is passed on to their children . If religion is not taught in schools who will support
  3. 3. them in this endeavour.