We Must Think Things Plausible Before We Think Them True

No one believes anything unless one first thought it believable. . . . Everything that is believed is believed after being preceded by thought. . . . Not everyone who thinks believes, since many think in order not to believe; but everyone who believes thinks, thinks in believing and believes in thinking.

source: Augustine, Predestination of the Saints, 5 (PL 44:962-63) tags: Apologetics