Why study theology?

“Because it is fun! It is the most exciting field for research because it encompasses everything. Among the secular disciplines, philosophy is the most powerful, the most exciting, the most difficult. But in theology, you are talking about everything: art, for instance, and literature – everything. In theology, you can even look down, so to speak, on philosophy, which can get a bit narrow-minded from time to time.” – Jean-Luc Marion in the December 2022 issue of Commonweal

For de Lubac this means

“For de Lubac this means that God has built into such a nature, not a supernatural power, but a certain receptive potentiality, which is to say, a capacity to recognize that what will truly make us happy is something we cannot attain or know or even fully anticipate on our own.”

Robert Royal, A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century

Fairfield with Neil Welliver

“On one occasion we were walking in silence and Fairfield said suddenly, ‘You know you use too much green in your painting.’ I said, ‘Fairfield, that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard you say. We are standing in an envelope of green! There is green above and below, left and right, in front and in back of us.’ Fairfield looked all around intensely, then said, ‘You’re right: you probably don’t use enough green.'”

Quoted in Fairfield Porter: An American Classic, by John T. Spike