Wiara jako poszukiwanie Boga w świetle nauczania św. Augustyna
Faith as a quest for God in the light of st. Augustine’s teaching
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For St. Augustine the act of faith, that exists in the mind of a believer, is an intentional phenomenon with a content related to the unseen, and eventually, to God. Since human mind cannot see the object of faith, it can be unveiled only through visible signs. Their role is played in biblical Revelation by wordly goods and mundane matters, which are used by God to show Himself. In an inner experience this role is played by the triad of memory, contemplation and love, thanks to which a person can remember about God, know Him, and love Him. However, God does not evince himself fully neither in external signs nor in the rational soul, created in His own image and likeness. Therefore, faith brings out the quest for God, in which the main power that kindles a desire to see God is love. Thus, faith is a desire for an encounter, that begins thanks to the grace of God. And God, who is guided by love, calls human to the close relationship with himself. Accordingly, faith consists in human’s belief in the love of God, given without any credit.
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