"Assiduous and frequent questioning is indeed the first key to wisdom. Aristotle, that most perspicacious of all philosophers, exhorted the studious to practice it eagerly, saying, 'Perhaps it is difficult to express oneself with confidence on such matters if they have not been much discussed. To entertain doubts on particular points will not be unprofitable.' For by doubting we come to inquiry; through inquiring we perceive the truth, according to the Truth Himself. 'Seek and you shall find,' He says, 'Knock and it shall be opened to you.' In order to teach us by His example He chose to be found when He was about twelve years old sitting in the midst of the doctors and questioning them, presenting the appearance of a disciple by questioning rather than of a master by teaching, although there was in Him the complete and perfect wisdom of God."I can't help but read over and over again the phrase, "through inquiring we perceive the truth, according to the Truth Himself." Put another way, start with a question and you lay yourself open to the answer. Start with an answer, and you close yourself off to He who is the Answer.
-- Peter Abelard, Sic et Non
Monday, March 05, 2012
#390 Abelard Against Apologetics
Modern apologetics has as its aim the answering of questions rather than the questing for answers. It is in this sense of apologetics that I add Abelard to my list of theologians against apologetics: