These questions are directed primarily @ those folks who would self-identify as Christians. However, anyone from any faith background (or lack thereof) is welcome to add their thoughts.
St. Augustin in, “On Faith and the Creed,” addresses how new believers ought to be taught the faith. Faith, although personal, is also corporate and traditional in the sense that it is something that is handed down and taught/demonstrated. At any rate, Augustin addresses what he considers “matters of necessary belief,” (Chapter 1 of A Treatise on Faith and the Creed).
I’m currently taking a course @ seminary called ‘Teaching the Faith’ and in our tutorial today this talk of “necessary belief” came up.
My question to you is, what are the “core” or “fundamental” beliefs that you would deem “necessary belief”? Why do you consider these things fundamental? In addition, what are these beliefs “necessary” for? For salvation? For true belief?