A Man Loses His Faith
Article first published online: 12 AUG 2010
© The author 2010. Journal compilation © The Dominican Council.
Volume 91, Issue 1035, pages 511–527, September 2010
How to Cite
Ramsay, H. (2010), A Man Loses His Faith. New Blackfriars, 91: 511–527. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-2005.2010.01351.x
- Issue published online: 12 AUG 2010
- Article first published online: 12 AUG 2010
‘Losing one's faith’ usually refers to ceasing to believe in God and in doctrines. But what changes—and losses—are experienced in the moral life when there is loss of faith? With reference to Aquinas, changes in moral understanding related to the loss of faith are discussed. Next, changes in the life of virtue and so in moral knowledge are examined, and finally changes in the inner moral life—particularly, the loss of moral certainty. The paper suggests that when they experience loss of faith Christian societies can suffer the same sorts of moral losses as Christian individuals. Such loss has inevitable effects upon identity, happiness and capacity to communicate with others.