Recently I read a discussion about the german theologian Rudolf Bultmann. This guy had an interesting idea about saving faith, that it would not necessarily mean a holding-for-true but instead faith would always mean the entirety of someone's response to hearing about Jesus. According to this view, every reaction to Christ would be acceptable, because "it's all faith", and furthermore, "faith matters are between us and God and really not other men's business".
Basically this demanded that every person in this world has saving faith, because Jesus came in such a way to ALWAYS ewoke a response. It may not always be the "right" or "good" response, but there is always a response. Furthermore, faith is not really defined in the bible, the book just gives many examples. Apostle Thomas actually had no faith until Christ was crucified and then resurrected and let him put his hand in his side. Apparently Jesus was fine with what Thomas started out with - his faith was small as a mustard seed but Christ watered it and so it naturally grew.
Now really all of us have some reaction to Jesus, and usually it doesn't simply stay the same. There is always something happening in response to hearing about Jesus, apparently Jesus lived and died and spoke in a way that, in time at least, always changes someone. Some become lovers of God, others hate God in order to promulgate human rights or living after their own selves, some doubt, some believe strongly, some are surprised, some find wisdom in God, some become theologian (which also includes many small-time theologians), some become lovers of men, especially those who suffer (the royal way), and so on.
Also, if you look through the various ways men of different convictions have spoken about Jesus, then almost none of them spoke in pure hatred unless they had been brainwashed by some cult or bad state philosophy. Even cutthroats and mafia bosses said something reasonable about Jesus. Everyone wants to be good somehow - that is really a major effect of hearing about Jesus and God's judgment, an effect which seems to start up in EVERY man.
I find this idea pretty amazing. How do you think of it, and do you think it makes a difference for our UR theology?