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Just as in ocular vision the formal object must necessarily be something coloured, so in Divine faith the formal object must be something Divine -- in theological language, the objectum formale quod of Divine faith is the First Truth in Being, Prima Veritas in essendo -- we could not make an act of Divine faith in the existence of India.
Gen., xv, 6, and Deut., i, 32, in which latter passage the two meanings -- viz. That the noun itself often means faith or belief , is clear from Hab., ii, 4, where the context demands it. Non- Catholic writers have repudiated all idea of faith as an intellectual assent, and consequently they fail to realize that faith must necessarily result in a body of dogmatic beliefs. Objectively, it stands for the sum of truths revealed by God in Scripture and tradition and which the Church (see FAITH, RULE OF) presents to us in a brief form in her creeds, subjectively, faith stands for the habit or virtue by which we assent to those truths.
It is not an axiom of the Scholastics, as was stated in the "Revue de Metaphysique et de Morale" (March, 1896, p.
169), and as was suggested more than once in the "Do we believe ? The expression is due to Tertullian, whose exact words are: "Natus est Dei Filius; non pudet, quia pudendum est: et mortuus est Dei Filius; prorsus credibile est, quia ineptum est; et sepultus, resurrexit; certum est, quia impossibile" (De Carne Christi, cap. This treatise dates from Tertullian's Montanist days, when he was carried away by his love of paradox.
If the authority upon which we base our assent is human and therefore fallible, we have human and fallible faith; if the authority is Divine, we have Divine and infallible faith.
If to this be added the medium by which the Divine authority for certain statements is put before us, viz.
To use scholastic language once more, the objectum formale quod , or the motive, or the evidence, of Divine faith is the Prima Veritas in dicendo .