By Herbert McCabe
Is it attainable to consider spiritual ideals philosophically? may still spiritual ideals be considered as a flight from cause or as in a position to rational help? Can theologians study from philosophers? Can philosophers research from theologians? Is it attainable to be either an outstanding Christian and an exceptional philosopher? Can there be this sort of factor as moderate religion?
This ebook is mainly all for those questions and others relating to them. a set of formerly unpublished papers written via the overdue Herbert McCabe O.P., it examines the character of non secular trust, particularly trust in God, with an eye fixed on either theological and philosophical arguments. a few thinkers have sought to force a wedge among philosophy and theology. Like Thomas Aquinas, whose writings he particularly popular, McCabe seeks to teach how the 2 could be systematically attached. a few spiritual truths, he argues, could defy our figuring out. yet this doesn't suggest that they can't be kind of discussed.
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Such people are afraid of the responsibilities of growing up. They want to remain children for ever - like the loathsome Peter Pan. What is wrong with such people is that when they have an opportunity of thinking for themselves they refuse it and cling to their faith. They are offered a higher and more mature way of knowing, but they won't have it. In divine things, however, this is not the situation. These are things that we cannot know any other way expect by having faith in the teacher, God, who tells us about them.
I can envisage myself being confronted by what seems to me to be unanswerable arguments against it. But this is not the same thing. I am prepared to envisage myself ceasing to believe in it, but I am not prepared to envisage either that there really are unanswerable arguments against it or that I would be justified in ceasing to believe it. All this is because, although reasons may lead me to belief, they are not the basis of my belief. I believe certain things because God has told them to me, and I am able to believe them with certainty and complete assurance only because of the divine life within me.
I would tell you that by the gift of faith I believe that this story is a love-story, that this song is a love-song, that the wisdom which made this drama so loved his human characters that he became one himself to share their lives; he chose to be a character in the story, to share their hopes and fears and suffering and death. 47 5 Causes and God I When an event surprises us we ask about its cause. When we see the Bishop of Salford rising gently into the air and remaining above our heads without visible means of support, we say, 'I wonder what makes that happen/ If, on the other hand, the bishop remains standing on the ground, we do not ask what causes him to do this.