I often run across folks who do not understand what the word “assent” means. Gordon Clark remedies this problem.
The following Clark Quick Quote was provided by Ryan Hedrich with some of Clark’s preliminary argumentation added. Hopefully it will clear up some confusion over what an assent to an understood proposition entails and why the addition of fiducia as a third element of saving faith is an unnecessary redundancy, even a dangerous one. Dangerous because it adds a level of ambiguity to the definition of saving belief that has been exploited by enemies of Christianity who seek to undermine and destroy the very heart of the Gospel, even justification by belief alone in the finished work of Christ alone:
After the Stoics, the Christian philosopher Augustine made use of assent. Augustine was not much interested in physical objects; his theory, on one reputable interpretation, does not even speak of concepts; he clearly puts great emphasis on truth, and assent is the voluntary decision to believe an understood proposition.
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