Therefore, belief must come before understanding, for faith is a pre-requisite to reason. What incentive does one have to understand, if he does not first believe? One must possess a small seed of conviction in God before he can comprehend the fullness of God; it is imperative to understanding. Some protest that one has no motivation towards belief if he does not u...
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... others told her. She faithfully waited and finally came to understand the reasons behind Odysseus’ ten year delay. Sometimes, understanding does not immediately occur after belief. For instance, when one puts his trust in Christ, he will learn incrementally who God is discover more about His great nature. One continues to learn and comprehend more and more over time after he has put his faith in God. As Anselm continues to expound on his argument on the existence of God, the answer is evident. Faith must come before understanding for if it did not, what incentive is there to reason?
St. Anselm, Proslogium Pg.53, Chapter 1
I believe that I may understand
Faith seeking understanding
The Bible 2 Tim. 2:13 English Standard Version
St. Anselm, Proslogium Pg. 53, Ch. 2
Ibid., Pg. 66, Ch. 14
Homer, The Odyssey Line 215-219
Ibid., Line 228b-229
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