Faith seeking understanding
When Anselm, an 11th century Abbot, framed his entire theological task as “faith seeking understanding” (fides quaerens intellectum), he not only identified himself with the Augustinian heritage, but succinctly articulated the task of the Christian thinker.
We, the editors, submit ourselves to the historic Christian faith, as revealed in the Old and New Testaments, illumined by the Holy Ghost, and understood through the catholic creeds of the Church. It is this faith that we hold to be the only way for man to be reconciled to his Creator; it is this faith that we endeavor to promote and work out through our publication; and it is this faith that shall form the doctrinal standard for all its contents.
The undergraduate level (those students pursuing a baccalaureate degree or holding one and currently studying towards a graduate degree) is particularly suited for the emphasis of Anselm’s formulation. Not only are undergraduate studies formative for the entirety of one’s academic career, but this level is also marked by a broad surveying of God’s creation combined with the first movements towards specialization. Public discourse and critical-but-charitable dialogue, if initiated during undergraduate and graduate studies, have the opportunity to form a generation of Christian thinkers both in habits of faithful scholarship and networks of cooperation.
In honor of this standard and these goals, we humbly borrow from our predecessors in the Faith, the Augustinian tradition and specifically St. Anselm of Canterbury, by entitling our publication Fides Quaerens (Faith Seeking). We have adopted this title to always remind our authors, editors, and readers of our task: submitting ourselves to the catholic-Christian faith and seeking to work that faith out into every area of life, both theological and cultural.
We have chosen to omit intellectum, not for any skepticism about the attainability of understanding, but for our unwillingness to stop there. Beginning at faith, and having reached some understanding, we seek to see that illumined understanding embodied in culture. By working out their Christian Faith in works of poetry, fiction, and prose, our authors will testify to the risen Christ while fulfilling their cultural task as philosophers, critics, journalists, theologians, political scientists, and artists.
To the glory of the Triune God,
The Editorial Staff of Fides Quaerens