“It was Thomas Aquinas’s proofs for the existence of God that brought me into the Church,” said the eager theology student to his professor.
“I’m very happy for you,” replied Sofia, the wise, seasoned and experienced teacher, “they almost drove me out of it.”
Source: As remembered and retold by Philip Chircop SJ
There’s a big difference between proving the existence of God and experiencing God; between explaining God and encountering God. Thinking, analysis, and philosophical arguments are lovely and can be very helpful tools but they also run the risk of boxing up the faith in dangerous and suffocating systems of belief.
Analyzing God or faith is like dissecting a frog, when you take it apart, you might find out what it’s made up of, but the frog itself is killed in the process.
How do you experience and encounter the divine?