A Young Man Ponders Padre's Serious Question
I've been thinking about that phrase from Jude 3 which is so popular with the reasserters "the faith entrusted (or delivered) to the saints." From what I gather, the reasserters believe that said faith is some sort of Calvinist Fundamentalism which is so popular with the likes of Little Stone Bridget and Father Mass Progeny (thanks, Brother Causticus!). I think they also believe that said faith includes a belief in the authority of Scripture which involves a rather literal reading of said documents. I find this odd as the author of the New Testament book in which they found their phrase the faith entrusted (or delivered) to the saints quotes from a non-canonical text. Wouldn't that make him a bit of a New Ager? For some reason, I have trouble believing that St. Jude and our friends at Kendall's place and the Other, Really Terrible places would actually agree on what exactly this entrusted faith actually is.
So, what do you think is meant by the faith entrusted (or delivered) to the saints? What do you think the word faith meant to the Christians in Jude's community (which was probably Jerusalem)? This is your opportunity to wax philosophically and in a scholarly manner, an opportunity which doesn't come along very often at Padre Mickey's Dance Party!