I realize I got a bit too detailed in parts 1 and 2 of this discussion of Lumen fidei. I’ll keep it shorter and more focused this time….
Chapter two of the encyclical is divided into six sections.
- Faith and Truth (23-25)
- Knowledge of the truth and love (26-28)
- Faith as hearing and sight (29-31)
- The dialogue of faith and reason (32-34)
- Faith and the search for God (35)
- Faith and theology (36)
Faith and Truth
This chapter begins with a discussion of Is 7:9 and the understanding presented there of faith as standing fast.
The prophet [Isaiah] tells him [Ahaz] … to trust completely in the solid and steadfast rock which is the God of Israel (23).
This challenge to trust in God’s plans for His people reveals a connection between faith and truth. God has the power to
hold together times and ages, and to gather into one the scattered strands of our lives (23).
Recognizing and trusting this power of God (faith) gives believers a place to stand. It is certain knowledge (truth) which provides the needed foundation to move forward. This knowledge is not a mere feeling, nor is it technical know-how, nor is it my own personal truth (as real as that may be). This knowledge is a profound awareness of the power of God guiding creation to its fulfillment which gives purpose and meaning to everything.
It is a question about the origin of all that is, in whose light we can glimpse the goal and thus the meaning of our common path.