True religious faith cannot be confirmed by any external proofs. Rather, it is founded on a basic act of trust - and the common root of that trust, for Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions, is a belief in the divine creation of the universe. But with "Learning to Trust in Freedom", David B. Burrell asks the provocative question: How do we reach that belief, and what is it about the universe that could possibly testify to its divine origins? Even St. Augustine, he points out, could only find faith after a harrowing journey through the lures of desire - and it is that very desire that Burrell seizes on as a tool with which to explore the origin and purpose of the world. Delving deep into the intertwinings of desire and faith, and drawing on Saint John of the Cross, Edith Stein, and Charles Taylor, Burrell offers a new understanding of free will, trust, and perception.
David B. Burrell, C.S.C., is the Hesburgh Professor Emeritus in Philosophy and Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He is currently professor of ethics and development at Uganda Martyrs University in Nkozi, Uganda.