Christian apologists like Tom Gilson (and Veggie Tales creator Phil Vischer) really don't like Peter Boghossian's analysis of the word "faith": pretending to know what one does not know. They all seem to want to insist, though, that Boghossian has something right with his definition and impugn other Christians for not being serious enough in knowing about their faith. In other words, they agree that Boghossian's analysis of "faith" is right sometimes, but differ drastically with him on the extent.
Okay, fine. I have a challenge for them.
I recently opened up an opportunity for people to practice "Boghossification" of a treatise on faith written by the Pope last June, in effect creating a parody of that document when it's done. "Boghossification" is a process in which a document talking about faith is transformed (I say clarified) by replacing "faith" with "pretending to know what one does not know," as is appropriate to the meaning. This project can be found here, and the instructions for doing it are here.
Tom Gilson derided me for this project on Twitter for what we must assume are his own reasons, but he's engaged in the process on his own blog before to try to reduce it to absurdity. This is where my challenge comes in.
To Tom Gilson, Phil Vischer, and any other believer that wants to defend faith in a way that follows them, or otherwise, this is my challenge:
Boghossify a few sections of the Lumen Fidei document for me (and for you)--that is, participate in my little project.
I am not inviting you to do this as a challenge to your faith but rather as a challenge to your defense of faith because there is, of course, a condition. I want you to take a few sections of the Lumen Fidei document and change "faith" to "pretending to know what one does not know" everywhere that you think it is appropriate. If you can clarify faith in a better way in other places it arises, I encourage you to do that according to your own purposes. Using the word "faith" itself, though, is strongly discouraged.
To make it sporting, please choose a passage in which at least one instance of "pretending to know what one does not know" is the right interpretation of the word "faith" that is given by Pope Francis.
I should note that I'm not doing this to trap you or make fun of you or set you up in any way. I have personally already found it very rewarding--enriching my understanding of how religious people use the word "faith"--to engage in this little effort (because sometimes "pretending to know" just doesn't seem to fit without some real effort to glean the clear meaning of the words and sentences in which it appears). Since I got an enrichment in my understanding of the word "faith" out of this effort, I fully expect you will reap that reward many times over, so when I say that this project/challenge is for you, I really mean that.
I look forward to your submissions.