“Unformed Faith” Not a Virtue

“Fides autem informis non est virtus, quia etsi habeat perfectionem debitam actus fidei informis ex parte intellectus, non tamen habet perfectionem debitam ex parte voluntatis.”

— St. Thomas, ST IIa IIae, 3, 5

Faith that is unformed by charity is not a virtue, because even if it brings about the intellectual perfection of correct knowledge, it would lack the habitual perfection that would integrate it into the whole person’s movement toward his true end.

St. James perhaps put it more pithily: “Even the demons believe — and shudder.”

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