Speaking of Augustine’s definition of “faith,” I was enjoying Angels & Demons on this Easter Sunday and ran across a remarkably orthodox formulation, delivered by renowned symbologist Robert Langdon (aka Tom Hanks) to the interim Pope character played by a dashing Ewan McGregor.
McGregor has just asked Langdon/Hanks if he believes in God.
HANKS: My mind tells me I will never understand God.
McGREGOR: And your heart?
HANKS (furrowed brow; pause): Tells me I’m not meant to. (crinkling brow; back to furrow; pause; pause) Faith is a gift . . . (pause) . . . I have yet to receive.
McGREGOR: Be gentle with our treasures.
There is nothing in Hanks/Langdon’s response that would be out of place in a Roman Catholic confessional — which is probably why McGregor grants him access to the super-secret Vatican archives and the diabolically encrypted Galileo manuscript . . . .