The role of wonder

Patrick Sherry

The response of wonder is central in so many human pursuits and areas of reflection, including religion and theology, and its neglect results in an impoverishment of human life. This article looks at the role of wonder in our faith, and suggests ways of enhancing it. Patrick Sherry is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy, Politics and Religion at Lancaster University.

Often it is the most basic and familiar things in life that are least reflected on, and I believe this is true of our experience of wonder. Thus, although both Plato and Aristotle said that philosophy arises out of wonder, relatively few later philosophers have reflected on it. I think that this is also true of religious thinkers.

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