Fides quaerens intellectum

A slogan coined by Saint Augustine to characterize the Christian intellectual quest. In reading from parts of my dictionary of philosophy I came across this. I am not opposed to the “bible belt” nor of a near universal presence of a theology. Nor am I afraid of being the one guy in town (should I move back to the South) who’d rather go for a walk with a book on Spinoza rather than a babtist church. This sentiment is what is terribly missing from the bible belt and as such it has allowed inequalities to persevere under “God’s name”. The translation of it is “faith seeking understanding” and it means much more, I believe, than merely going over the dogmas of sunday school lessons and saying amen and quoting over and over again the benefits of faith equaling a mustard seed.


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