Reason Tension


St John Paul II summed up the suspicion of the human reason faculty still with us today:

“Abandoning the investigation of being, modern philosophical research has concentrated instead upon human knowing. Rather than make use of the human capacity to know the truth, modern philosophy has preferred to accentuate the ways in which this capacity is limited and conditioned.  This has given rise to different forms of agnosticism and relativism which have led philosophical research to lose its way in the shifting sands of widespread skepticism. Recent times have seen the rise to prominence of various doctrines which tend to devalue even the truths which had been judged certain. A legitimate plurality of positions has yielded to an undifferentiated pluralism, based upon the assumption that all positions are equally valid, which is one of today’s most widespread symptoms of the lack of confidence in truth. Even certain conceptions of life coming from the East betray this lack of confidence, denying truth to opinion; and there is a sense of being adrift. While, on the one hand, philosophical thinking has succeeded in coming closer to the reality of human life and its forms of expression, it has also tended to pursue issues—existential, hermeneutical or linguistic—which ignore the radical question of the truth about personal existence, about being and about God.” St John Paul II, encyclical Fides Et Ratio, “Faith and Reason.” 
to one who has faith
 I will continue this post with another piece by Dr. Richard Geraghty, which deals with how human reason has come to be so suspect and distrusted.



2 thoughts on “Reason Tension

  1. Sorry, this comment is a bit late, but I do not think that the above quote attributed to St. Thomas, “To one who has faith etc.” is by Aquinas at all. It seems to me that Thomas is about the last author who would say such a thing. The idea expressed by the quote smacks of the Protestant idea of a leap of faith.

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    • Yes, perfectly ok to comment now, I thank you! And you are absolutely correct, after checking with a Thomas scholar, he backed you up in saying this text is not in any works of Aquinas he has read. I will pull the quote down immediately, and again, thank you for the comment and the heads up! God bless


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