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The Three Dynamisms of Faith

Searching for Meaning, Fulfillment, and Truth

Is the faith journey a matter of reflection, of emotion, or of obedience? Is there valid and convincing evidence that does enable human beings to assent to Jesus Christ and his message? What is the influence of cognitive assumptions and of affective tendencies in the art of believing? Should we distinguish faith and belief? And do we need more than one kind of conversion?

Taking account of the widespread indifference, skepticism, and distrust of organized religion in the West, Louis Roy begins The Three Dynamisms of Faith with the human concern about hope and about a reachable happiness, both in our contemporary world and in the Bible. He then traces these themes in three historic giants of Christian thinking: Thomas Aquinas, John Henry Newman, and Bernard Lonergan, presenting their converging descriptions of the three dynamisms of Christian faith: the quests for meaning, for fulfillment, and for truth.

Fr. Roy shows how The Three Dynamisms of Faith are lived in today's culture and how they are systematically related; sometimes in alliance and sometimes in apparent opposition. Having led the reader to a plausible answer to the human condition in Catholicism, in his final chapter he discusses some classic issues that result: possible tensions between meaning and truth, between feelings and insight, and about the role of religious experience in becoming attuned to Christian revelation.

All along, Fr. Roy describes concrete examples of problems that may occur in the journey of faith: blindness and distortions, the varieties of self-deception, the limitations of natural reason. Logical stages on the way to faith are also identified. A pastoral conclusion brings those multiple threads together; it insists on the legitimate diversity of emphases in people's journeys, and it proposes a balance between the rich strengths available in persons and groups.

About the Author

Louis Roy, OP is professor of theology at Dominican University College in Ottawa, Canada


"What is Christian faith? Is it primarily a matter of an emotion based on trust? Or is it, rather, a reflective state of awareness and insight? Or might it best be described as an assent to authoritative beliefs concerning the nature of God? Responding to this conundrum with erudition, clarity, and precision, The Three Dynamisms of Faith illumines the distinctive tri-partite engagement of faith with human affectivity, intellect, and will. Scholarly but with occasional dashes of a conversational tone, the book will prove a pleasure to read for student and scholar alike. –"—John E. Allard, OP, Providence College

"Drawing on fresh and lively readings of Aquinas, Newman, and Lonergan, Louis Roy teases out three dynamics that conspire to create a holistic vision of the life of faith. His book serves to wed theology, spirituality, and even apologetics. –"—William Loewe, The Catholic University of America

"Roy's formulation of the three dynamisms as an analytic tool is interesting and thought provoking. The result is an analytic framework that can claim a foundation in the tradition but is also original; and that can be used both to analyze a healthy process of coming to faith, and also show where distortions come from. –"—Jeremy Wilkins, Boston College

"Writing for contemporary but learned seekers, Roy presents a highly readable, provocative discussion of the affective, reasoned and transcendent dimensions of the human faith journey."—Science et Esprit

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