On the Relationship Between Faith and Reason 1st Edition

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Pope John Paul II was elected to the papacy in October 1978 and served the Church until his death in 2005. During his papacy, he wrote 14 encyclicals, 15 apostolic exhortations, 11 apostolic constitutions, and 45 apostolic letters. He also published five books including The Poetry of John Paul II--Roman Triptych: Meditations.

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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: United States Catholic Conference; 1st edition (November 12, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157455302X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574553024
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on January 28, 2012
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The purported dichotomy between faith and reason, or its latter-day incarnation as the conflict between religion and science, is actually of a very recent origin. Throughout most of the history, however, different ways of assessing and interpreting the world have all been thought of as belonging to a continuum of human thought and intellectual engagement. Only starting with the rabidly anti-religious movements of the eighteenth and the nineteenth century did the idea that religion is completely alien and antagonistic to the rational investigation gain traction in certain intellectual circles. To this day we are beholden to many of the mistaken or downright slanderous concepts and characterizations (such as the whole concept of the "Dark Ages") that became increasingly promulgated in this period.

Pope John Paul II's encyclical "Faith and Reason" ("Fides et ratio") is set out to correct and refute many of these misconceptions, and to reiterate Church's continuing commitment to the fullness of truth. It emphasizes the fact that rational inquiry is a natural complement to the revelation, and the two readily support and balance each other. The pope posits that for the proper appreciation of the claims that the faith makes, it is important to ground oneself in philosophy. Historically, philosophy has had a significant and profound effect on Christian theology, but this encyclical emphasizes the fact that the two lines of inquiry are essentially independent of each other. It is not Church's desire to promote any particular school of philosophy, but it has to refute those philosophical claims and positions that can lead to a serious error.

One issue that I have with this encyclical is that it defines reason almost exclusively as the subject matter of "good" philosophy.
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