On writing faith

Dr. Herbert Hartmann, present Director of the First-Year Experience at CUA and a professor in our School of Philosophy, talks about this morning’s reading in the video below.  He makes a distinction between two kinds of reading material: First, material like news stories that has a limited goal but is very clear and, second, material that is more challenging, but which strives after a larger goal.

This reading material with a larger goal calls for much harder work, especially at first, but if you give it multiple readings over a stretch of time, it rewards you with a view that is like going up a spiral set of stairs: The process of going up in knowledge involves a process of revisiting what you saw before, but with the addition of new perspective. Have you ever found yourself in a learning process that is like going up a spiral set of stairs?

Photo: “Staircase Contarni del Bovolo” by Diana Robinson is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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  1. Ethan Blanchard says:

    A good example of going up a spiral stairs, for me, has been learning French. There was the obvious process of studying, speaking, and memorizing, but as I learned more French, I unknowingly learned more English and gained a larger English vocabulary while also seeing the words I already knew in a new way.

    For example, the word “surprise”. “Sur”, in French, means “on” or “over”. “Prise” means “taken”. So, surprise is “overtaken”. And here’s the proper etymology: http://etymonline.com/index.php?term=surprise&allowed_in_frame=0

  2. Jaesen Evangelista says:

    Have faith in faith. Because all we know is ephemeral. We don’t really know anything for sure when it comes to faith, so I like to just say “have faith in faith” because it is always changing. Our interpretations of Sacred Scripture, our understanding of God, our opinions of the world, everything changes. So we should be ready to be proven wrong all the time. Weird thought, I know, but after reading this excerpt as well as watching the video, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of peace. Letting go of stringent beliefs and just being open with everyone/everything around me, now THAT is faith.

  3. Jordan Tibbs says:

    I like how the professor covers the notion of arrogance in stifling one’s spiritual growth and understanding. The two sides of my family Display the relationship between the arrogant Christian and the educated non-Christian very well. The side of the arrogant Christian is my father side. They are Baptist protestant know several lines of scripture in the Bible and quote them as complete truth with complete authority and in a slightly pejorative manner whenever I step out of line. My mother side, the side that represents the non-Christian or Catholic and tend to be a bit more intellectual than my father side. My mother would always warned me to not be arrogant about my faith because it would ruin it for others and ultimately for myself. This is interesting because the other night we had a conversation similar to what the professor was talking about. Faith is supposed to be open to interpretation it is the active thinking about what is read and heard that expands the mind and the spiritual understanding.

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