Terminology Tuesday: Hope
One of the primary Christian virtues, along with faith and love. Hope is a positive expectation of some future good that is not yet present and where there is some uncertainty, at least about the time when that good will be realized. Hope seems epistemologically weaker than belief, since one can hope for an event that one does not believe will occur. Some philosophers have proposed that hope might replace belief as a key element in faith, making faith easier to justify as reasonable. Biblically, however, it appears that faith and hope are linked. We hope for the coming of God’s kingdom because of our trust in God, and this trust includes beliefs about God’s reality and goodness as well as beliefs about God’s actions in Jesus.
Evans, C. S. (2002). Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (p. 55). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.