Faith & Philosophy

Welcome to the Brickyard. This is a place to find quotes for use in your own research and writing. The bricks are free, but the building is up to you. The following quotes are drawn from various philosophical sources dealing with faith and belief. I include these quotes because faith and belief are foundational to the arguments we make here at And seeing that all that is truth is indeed God’s truth, sometimes it is good to see familiar objects of thought from different perspectives.

“I do not seek to understand so that I may believe, but I believe so that I may understand; and what is more, I believe that ‘unless I do believe I shall not understand.’ (Isaiah 7:9)”

Anslem of Canterbury, Proslogion, Opera Omnia, 1, 100.

“I have therefore found it necessary to deny knowledge in order to make room for faith.”

Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, trans. N. Kemp Smith, B xxx.

“…the opposite of sin is not virtue but faith.”

Soren Kierkegaard, The Sickness unto Death, trans. H.V. Hong and E.H. Hong, 82.

“…but at least get it into your head that, if you are unable to believe, it is because of your passions, since reason impels you to believe and yet you cannot do so. Concentrate then not on convincing yourself by multiplying proofs of God’s existence but by diminishing your passions.”

Blaise Pascal, Pensees, trans. A. J. Krailsheimer, No. 418, 152.

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