- Paperback: 131 pages
- Publisher: Pauline Books & Media (December 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0819826693
- ISBN-13: 978-0819826695
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fides et Ratio / On the Relationship between Faith and Reason
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The Holy Father addresses the fact that much of modern philosophy bears a mistrust of reason and has abandoned metaphysical studies, having no confidence in the existence of universal truths. This has led to a crisis of meaning and contributes to the phenomenon of widespread despair and the culture of death. Finding universal truths to be confining, and limiting as regards freedom, modern philosophy has abandoned their pursuit and focuses upon utilitarian endeavors. The Holy Father warns that such a path, as embodied in such philosophies as the will to power, are ultimately self-destructive and lead to a disintegration of the human community. To deny the existence of universal truth is ultimately to deny existence. Nothing could be said to exist, not even one's own phenomenological experience.Read more ›
In the Catholic tradition however, Philosophy has often been an essential tool used to clarify issues and matters of faith. In this regard, Catholicism is often strongly condemned by both the Orthodox, who claim (particularly when it came to utilising philosophical logic in trying to understand God) from departing from the Patristic 'mindset' of the Fathers, or from Protestants, who claimed Philosophy and Logic were unbiblical or distorted plain scriptural truths and merely put a massive man-made barrier between God and the Christian believer, as well as corrupting pure Apostolic and Biblical Christianity by introducing ideas from Greek philosophy or metaphysics into the faith itself (a claim strong amoung thinkers ranging from Luther and Calvin to Karl Barth, Adolf Von Harnack, and Anders Nygren, all very powerful theologians in their own right, whose insights cannot lightly be disregarded).
Pope John Paul's encyclical is an important defence of the role reason and philosophy have to play in theology, especially in the sense of participating in God's wisdom. This concept goes back to Augustine and Aquinas, and also to an extent in the Eastern tradition, whereby the mind of the Christian partakes in the mind of God or God's attribute of wisdom, and in so doing learns to understand the mysteries of faith better and thus grows in faith.Read more ›
Pope John Paul II was clear that the Catholic Church has been no stranger to debate, intellectual confrontation, etc. He was clear that one of the problems that distorted scholarship, teaching, and study has been philosophical pride which Pope John Paul II warned could warp serious learning and an honest quest for honesty and truth. He expressed dismay of what could be called indifferent pluralism which can lead to distrust of knowlege. Pope John Paul II wrote what Catholic scholarship is not based on false self imposed speculation but reaches to what could be called God's Truth.
Pope John Paul II made a good case that what Catholics have known was that reason was important, but above reason was what may be termed the Great Unknown or God. In other words, philosophy and faith were not hostile to each other. What Pope John Paul II wanted readers to know was that reason, knowledge, etc. brought men closer to God. Another tenet that Pope John Paul II held was that the better men and women studied knowledge the closer they could be to God and freer of ignorance. Such a quest should be done without arrogance because more is not known than is known. As men know more, the more they realize what they do not know.Read more ›
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One of St. Pope John Paul II's greatest and most important encyclicals!Published 20 days ago by Mpr90
This is my first book that I have read by Pope John Paul II. I could not believe as I was reading the book that his writings emphasize so much of the interaction and the working... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Prince
This writing is a gift to the world. I recommend it without reservation. Maybe its just me but I had to read it slowly to catch full meaning.Published on May 16, 2014 by Mike
Our society has lost the ability to reason correctly by disconnecting reason from faith. This is a great book for Catholics and non-Catholics. Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by HowDoUKnowtheBibleIsInspiredandInerrant?
This little book gives clarity to a great many questions dealing with faith and reason. It is bautifully written with reason and logic wrapped up in an illuminating... Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Dr. Dilip
While he acknowledges straightaway that reason and faith complement each other - indeed, they cannot work without each other - John Paul II cites numerous contemporary... Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by James F. Day