By framing this chapter in terms of “unfaith” and “lack of trust”, Peters avoided a multitude of sins. What multitude? It seems to me that most sins are not committed for lack of “faith”, but in a surplus of “faith” that is not Christian.
Perhaps I can depict this alternate faith as faithUnChristian.
With that, I can turn Peters’ final formalism around.
“FaithUnChristian” tells us what is “unacceptable”. “FaithUnChristian” makes xiety possible. This gives rise to anxiety: The fear of the loss of one’s xiety, the life that one has, that one could have, or that one pretends to have; according to one’s faithUnChristian.