The uncertainty of faith — and why that’s ok

February 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

Today on Oscar Sunday, a first for the Ignatian Educator and me: a video post. Not exactly like writing “Good Will Hunting,” but I do believe it’s worth at least half a golden statute.

I decided to take some of the material from the class I teach — Senior Synthesis — that has been helpful for students and talk about it on Ignatian Educator. Senior synthesis is a semester-long reflection on faith and belief, in which students write a 20-30 page paper on what they believe and why. It’s based on the theory of insight developed by Bernard Lonergan, S.J.

Early in the year, we discuss the idea of faith; specifically, of believing in something, of relying on something, that cannot be verified with 100% certainty. Below, I talk about that idea and unpack some implications.

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