The more well-educated a theology teacher is in philosophy the better prepared they are at negotiating the difficult waters of critical thinking and faith. Faith exploration can become for students an exciting, mind-blowing, scary process leading to an informed commitment of mind and heart … or not. They have to be offered that choice.

The pursuit of Truth is not like erasing a scratch-off card, it is more like assembling a ten thousand piece puzzle made up of just different shades of blue. Presenting the faith as a series of definitive answers does our students a disservice because it denies them a personal journey of discovery within their faith community and makes Catholic Faith seem to require an all or nothing yes or no. While the truth of adult Catholic faith and practice is a much messier reality, as all adult Catholics know only too well.

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