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The Gift of Faith as the universal catholic book

Fr. Bolesław Szewc


The Gift of Faith (in some countries Inquiring Faith) convinces numerous people of various cultures. It is very demonstrative book that appeals to the experience of homo religiosus – religious man who is each one of us according to Mircea Eliade. To illustrate the issues of spiritual life, Fr T. Dajczer was using examples of universal human experiences: our talents, freedom and enslavedness, distrust and trust, uneasiness and peace, temptation and experience of a dessert, rich an humble means, emptying and our inner transformation etc. It is unlikely to write religious book for all religions but Fr Dajczer has achieved the supreme level of universality that is possible for entirely catholic book. 

Bolesław Szewc

"The Gift of Faith" as a harbinger of a new theological paradigm


"The Gift of Faith" has a logical structure and a critical apparatus unparalleled in the literature on spiritual life. At the same time, it is written in the language of experience using metaphors, symbolic expressions and rhetoric means typical of homiletics or pastoral texts. They create a unique synthesis of spiritual life written in the language of experience. Fr. Dajczer, who puts everything into structures with his outstanding scientific mind, created a work that proposes a new paradigm of practical theology and theology of spiritual life.

The Understanding of Fr. Tadeusz Dajczer’s Writings
Methodological Indications

Fr. Bolesław Szewc


Keywords: Fr. Tadeusz Dajczer, spirituality, method, didactic function, provocation, drawing to God.

Abstract: The paper is an attempt to capture the essence of the method applied by Fr. Tadeusz Dajczer in his spiritual works and t some extent in scientific ones. The essence of the method consists in didactic function of his works which in the domain of spiritual life is expressed by drawing and guiding the recipient towards God.

Rev. Bolesław Szewc


The method and the language of Rev. Prof. Tadeusz Dajczer’s spiritual writings

The summary

Key words: Dajczer, spiritual life, language, symbol, metaphor;

The incomprehension caused many unpleasantness in the history of the Church. Many times incomprehension concerns the spiritual life when somebody does not distinguish a statement about spiritual life from dogmatic ones. So the meaning of the spiritual authors’ works needs better understanding. This includes the spiritual works of Rev. Prof. Tadeusz Dajczer.

Warsaw Theological Studies, XXII/1/2009,

Fr. Bolesław Szewc

The Cognition in biblical Religions by I. G. Barbour

Content : 1. Data of religion; 2. Language of religion; 3. Assessment of beliefs in religion; 4. Criticism; Conclusion.

Keywords: Barbour Ian Graeme, religion, cognition, interpretation, experience, language, analogy, metaphor, symbol, parable, myth, model, paradigm, revelation


Ian Graeme Barbour (1923) is an American scholar on the relationship between science and religion. A physicist and a theologian by education, Barbour taught for many years at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He has held emeritus honors there since 1986 in the fields of science, technology and society. In his most famous book Issues in Science and Religion (1966) he presented the epistemological, linguistic and methodological fundamentals of linking science and religion. In his views he joins other scholars like F. Ferré[1], who claim that the language of religion also serves the cognitive functions. In the following paper I focus on what his achievements contribute to the understanding of the cognitive aspect of religion.


1. Data of religion

According to I. G. Barbour, the data or what gets to be known in religion are, generally speaking, experiences and events interpreted with the help of previously set categories of interpretation. In this chapter we discuss in short the nature of religious experience: its connection with interpretation, experience and community, while in the last subchapter we present the list of religious experience types as proposed by I. G. Barbour.

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