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The eyes of faith by Pierre Rousselot PDF

By Pierre Rousselot

ISBN-10: 0823212882

ISBN-13: 9780823212880

Pierre Rousselot was once a tender Jesuit whilst his article The Eyes of Faithwas released within the French theological magazine Recherches de technological know-how Religieus in 1910. even though greatly said this present day as some of the most penetrating and influential analyses of the act of religion in sleek Catholic theology, it used to be perceived by means of the Neo-Scholastic theologians of the day as an enormous attack all alone process and doctrine, which they considered as devoted to St. Thomas and the Thomistic culture. the main critical opinions have been written through the Abbe Hippolyte Ligeard, a consultant within the historical past of the treatises on religion and apologetics within the center a long time, and by way of Stephane Harent, Rousselot's former professor within the Jesuit scholasticate at Hastings, who released their feedback, respectively, in Recherches de technological know-how Religieuse and within the Dictionnaire de theologie catholique. Rousselot, protecting his thesis, released his solution to 2 Attackssoon later on. the current quantity comprises the 1st English translation of The Eyes of Faith,preceded via a considerable creation putting Rousselot within the highbrow weather of the day and interpreting many of the presuppositions of the essay. A translation of Rousselot's solution to 2 Attacksis additionally incorporated, as is an creation that outlines Abbe Ligeard's and Professor Harent's major criticisms of The Eyes of Faith.Taken as an entire, the booklet bargains a distinct means of viewing the advance of an important point of contemporary Catholic theology.

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As the initial starting point for theological reflection or as a desire for a "more," which supernatural revelation alone could satisfy a clear distinction between natural and supernatural orders was difficult to maintain. Consequently several Roman condemnations attacked this weak point. Rousselot did not refer to this theological current. Perhaps its admittedly Augustinian inspiration involved too many points of contact with his own understanding of the intuition of faith or, more probably, he thought that his theory, by preserving the validity of concepts and the necessity of an exterior sign, or creed, escaped the Roman condemnations.

And how could any such thing be claimed of the native whose belief relies on the word of a missionary? We need more than a psychological explanation purporting to show how belief or credulity operates, for any such explanation Page 25 would apply to the Moslem's faith as well as to the Christian's. If the young Catholic is right in believing his mother or his pastor, is the young Protestant wrong in believing his minister or his mother? A thoroughly simple case, but it brings the essentials of the problem into focus.

However reasonable the assent, the act of faith assents to God's word on His authority alone. This theory admittedly allows for the obscurity and liberty of faith, stressing the supernatural light that elevates the will and impels it to believe on God's authority. The will then gives an impulse to the intellect for belief as the authority of God behind the revealed proposition is acknowledged. Page 16 For all its acuity Billot's theory failed to indicate how the divine authority might be recognized unless by the intellect which would thereby include it under the motives of credibility.

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