One of our regular commenters, Adrian, has been asking a lot of questions about Faith. He is coming from a position of atheism/agnosticism, and I cannot be sure he isn’t here just to make trouble, but I always prefer to give people the benefit of the doubt, and so I will attempt to answer his query, which I see as “What is Faith?”
First off, Faith is NOT blind belief. You will find that Catholics are meant to be very sceptical about everything they are told, and should always question things right down to the nitty-gritty. Part of a Catholic’s spiritual growth is this questioning of everything. Of course, in order to question, one has to believe that questioning and questions exist.
Questions are demands put to our reasoning in hope of an answer. Does reasoning exist? You tell me! Of course it does, or I wouldn’t be writing this, and you wouldn’t be reading it or formulating a reply. Where is reasoning taking place? Well, it is not in my desk or computer, but in my mind, and your mind, and everybody’s mind, except when we are in a coma. (We even reason when we are asleep, though sub optimally. Thus dreams are hard to make sense of, during and after).
There is more to mind than just reasoning. There is memory, and there is emotion, and most uniquely to humans, there is will. A mind functioning perfectly has a concert hall of memory, an orchestra of emotions, a choir of sound reasoning, and a conductor of good will.
So what is Faith? Well, that is the Score, of course! The Composer of the Score is bashful and cheeky, and wants you to try playing His music first before revealing Himself.
The Composer is a great artist and has founded galleries full of His art as well. (Try “the universe”, for instance). He is a great sponsor of the arts too.
PS: I shall try to continue this fugue in later articles if there is interest shown.