It is interesting how those from the city of Athens come close, or even exceed, the writings of those in the city of Jerusalem.
Every now and then I’ll come across some writing from an acknowledged non-believer that is the epitome of some point within my own faith. At times, they write far clearer than anyone else has that is a confessed believer.
The will of the believer is directed toward the person of the witness, toward the warrantor. …volition has also the property of “wanting,” affirming, loving what already exists. …love is conceived as the primal act of the will, as the fundamental principle of all volition and the immanent source of every manifestation of the will.
The Thomist, On Faith
What inclines even me to believe in Christ’s resurrection? I play as it were with the thought.–If he did not rise from the dead, then he decomposed in the grave like every human being. He is dead & decomposed. In that case he is a teacher, like any other & can no longer help; & we are once more orphaned & alone. And have to make do with wisdom & speculation. It is as though we are in a hell, where we can only dream & are shut out from heaven, roofed in as it were. But if I am to be REALLY redeemed,– I need certainty–not wisdom, dreams, speculation–and this certainty is faith. And faith is faith in what my heart, my soul, needs, not my speculative intellect. For my soul, with its passions, as it were with its flesh and blood, must be redeemed, not my abstract mind. Perhaps one may say: Only love can believe the Resurrection. Or: it is love that believes the Resurrection
The Analytic, Lecture on Ethics, Culture and Value
What is interesting to note is that The Thomist does not make the connection that it is precisely love that believes. In fact, he makes note that “we cannot quite call ‘love,’ though it partakes somewhat of love’s nature.” Yet the Analytic seems to make a logical leap to this conclusion.
When one truly desires truth, they seem to converge, even if they come from different places.