The Meaning of Faith

To Ratzinger, faith is taking a position on the side, the ground, of God. It is formed not on the basis of reason, yet not on the lack thereof. No, to have faith is to believe, to understand our place in this world for what it is and to affirm the meaning we receive. In doing so, we search for Truth. Because of the secularization of the world, the meaning of truth has mutated from believing in itself to the utility of things with respect to mankind. Real truth cannot be reasoned, it is basic. To have faith is to see this truth for what it is and place our trust in it for the intrinsic goodness for which it stands.

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