This web log is a place to conduct a conversation on the elusive nature or features of listening to and following God’s will. That is, it is concerned with the “how and why” of seeing with Eyes of Faith. Besides the “how and why” it is also about the “what.” What does one see in the world through Eyes of Faith? This component of the weblog is, alas, likely to be the preponderant content for some time. Seeing with eyes of faith is ultimately about viewing the world as a creature of a personal God.
There have been a number of developmental psychology studies which have perported to encompass the field of spiritual development in the classical sense. This view presupposes that virtues are a kind of habit in some combined sense of behaviorism and gestalt psychology. In other words, this view makes no appeal to the existence of the soul. In the words of Pierre-Simone de LaPlace, "Je n'avais pas besoin de cette hypothese!" ("I have no need of that hypothesis." -- a remark he made regarding the question of God's existence.) I, on the other hand, take the view that the soul itself is qualitatively affected by the acquisition of virtues. I have argued elsewhere that the existence of the soul is essential to any consideration of meaning in life, true morality, etc., in short, anything that formally departs from nihilism.