Herewith the next installment of a translation of Gasparo Contarini’s De Iustificatione. He here continues his discussion of the various senses of “faith” (fides).
John of Damascus says in his fourth book that “faith” is used in two senses, of which he says the one is assent, but the other he says is hope for those things which have been promised to us; and to this latter sense he refers the definition of “faith” given by the Apostle in the Epistle to the Hebrews, when he says that faith is the substance of the things hoped for, etc. 1 From the Apostle Paul we have this use of “faith” for “confidence” (confidentia) in very many passages; let one suffice for now, in the Epistle to the Romans; when he was speaking concerning Abraham, on whose example the Apostle especially relies, he said, “He was not weakened by distrust (diffidentia), 2 but was strengthened by faith.” Take note: he opposed faith, that is, confidence, to distrust.
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