Anselm of Canterbury’s well-known enunciated expression fides quarens
intellectum (faith seek understanding) in his search for the existence of God, according to me,
forms a very important belief synthesis with regard to the term spirituality, and everything
that is accompanied with the term. Why? Because Anselm’s evidence for the existence of God
was not there to make the non-believers into believers but rather to explain the mystery of faith
in the brain and therefore to enhance the phenomenological sensation of the faith experience.
Without the illuminating power of the mind, one stands in awe or it can also disappear into the
abyss, especially as it is conceptualised in the religious philosophy. Therefore, it is in this
spiritual belief that one receives something from the unknown, as man then receive something
into the unknown, that we open with our minds – something like the softness as cream as
Sheila Cussons wrote. The question therefore is: May we open this unknown, described as this
‘soft as cream’, or more paternally ascribe it as spirituality. If so, we then stand in awe to the
potential to what spirituality is and only then we do not fade into the abyss of that possibility.
INTRADISCIPLINARY AND/OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS : Spirituality as a belief synthesis, in a
religious and philosophical context, pursues an understanding from a religious paradigm. It
entails that the experience of spirituality reveals a working definition, whereby humans, in
their vulnerable existence, may find hope in their expectations, experiences, and fears.
This article is based on the author’s thesis of the degree of Masters in Dogmatics & Christian Ethics at the Department of Theology,
University of Pretoria, South Africa, with promoter Prof. D.P. Veldsman, received August 2010.