I am pleased to welcome you to Fides Qvaerens Intellectvm, which is nothing short of the culmination of all that I believe and profess as a member of the holy Roman Church Catholic, an amateur philosopher, a student of theology, and as a man of the world. The content of Fides Qvaerens Intellectvm (FQI) is difficult to define. My interests are broad and span nearly every facet of life. However, my primary interest is in Roman Catholic theology, dogmatic and moral. But not wanting to be limited to theology, I have also tried to introduce commentary on the visual arts, music, and architecture; social, cultural, and political observations; and a spot of history and philosophy from time to time. Nonetheless, in my opinion, theology precedes and provides a critical model for every other academic discipline, and so it is through the lens of theology than they are viewed.
What is Fides Qvaerens Intellectvm and what does it mean?
I long to understand something of your truth, my God, the truth that my heart believes and loves.It must be understood that I have commenced my intellectual exploration of Christian Doctrine with the first principle that it is true. I began with faith, that in faith I could, by the grace of God, attain understanding. As such, this opus does not represent a defense (apologia) of Christiany, but instead takes the veracity of Christianity for granted, as it aims at the understanding of existing doctrines.
S. Augustine of Hippo articulated a similar dictum in In Ioannis Evangelium:
Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that thou mayest believe, but believe, that thou mayest understand.However, this does not mean that I will ignore arguments against which faith cannot battle, but these must be exceptions to and not the primary focus of my writing. For a cogent defense, one must first understand what he intends to defend. It is all too common that self-styled apologists, attempt to defend concepts that they do not themselves fully understand. I have therefore, in all humility, rooted myself in the knowledge and confidence of Christian truth, that I may grow, and then, perhaps, I may truly bring forth fruit and then cast the seeds of truth into the wind.
This endeavour is under the patronage of S. Bernard de Clairvaux, S. Augustine of Hippo, S. Thomas Aquinas, S. Anselm, and S. Bonaventure and we pray that they will guide us in our labours. Furthermore, the fruits of this travail are offered to His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, to whose name this entire project is affectionately inscribed. — May the Lord preserve Him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies. (cf. Ps 40:3)
O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, look mercifully upon Thy servant Benedict, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church. Grant him, we beseech Thee, that by his word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, may he attain everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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