October 1, 2016 - Childish Faith

At that very moment Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,
“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.

Luke 10:17-24

Faith is not to be found in the ontological argument, the teleological argument, or the cosmological argument.  In my opinion, each of these ‘proofs’ fails.  Abraham Heschel wrote that no one is converted from non-belief to faith by philosophical arguments, but we use philosophical arguments to justify our intuition of the divine to others and even to ourselves.   When we stop trying to demonstrate God’s existence and simply examine the powerful hold His Presence has on us, faith becomes unassailable.

This is not anti-intellectualism but radical equality.  We do not need intellectual powerhouses like Aquinas, Descartes, Anselm and their modern equivalents to open the gates of faith to the rest of us.  Attending to the God’s Presence is available to each of us now.

Photo: Cape Cod National Seashore