A Word in Season
Faith-Knowledge: Truth Centered on an Encounter with God
Faith is a light to all questions and all quests; it is a way for all.
There is no human experience, no journey of man to God, which cannot be taken up, illumined and purified by this light. The more Christians immerse themselves in the circle of Christ's light, the more capable they become of understanding and accompanying the path of every man and woman towards God. (LF, 35)
Finally, Chapter Two describes how the light of faith applies to the field of theology. Faith must be present both in the theologian and in his or her methodologies, in service to the faithful and the Church at large.
Clearly, theology is impossible without faith; it is part of the very process of faith, which seeks an ever deeper understanding of God's self-disclosure culminating in Christ. It follows that theology is more than simply an effort of human reason to analyze and understand, along the lines of the experimental sciences. God cannot be reduced to an object. He is a subject who makes himself known and perceived in an interpersonal relationship... for [God] is an eternal dialogue of communion, and he allows us to enter into this dialogue.
Theology must be at the service of the faith of Christians, that it must work humbly to protect and deepen the faith of everyone, especially ordinary believers.
This chapter boldly builds on the previous themes from the Introduction and Chapter One: that faith gives new eyes to see reality. Chapter Two suggests, besides illuminating the obvious—God and religion—faith has the power to make all things and all situations in life intelligible and meaningful.
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Pat Gohn is a Catholic writer, speaker, and the host of the Among Women Podcast and blog. Her book Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood is published by Ave Maria Press. Subscribe to “A Word in Season” via email or RSS.