There is a wonderful review of George Lindbeck’s classic The Nature of Doctrine over at The Fish Tank blog (H/T to Inhabitatio Dei).
While reading the review this quote from Lindbeck struck me as forcefully as it did the first time I read it:
To become a Christian involves learning the story of Israel and of Jesus well enough to interpret and experience oneself and one’s world in its terms.My skeptical students on the edge of faith often ask me, "Dr. Beck, why to you pray?" They can't understand why a seemingly smart guy like me would engage in such hocus pocus.
Lindbeck's quote is about the best answer I could give.