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Today at 2:30 - Faith and Reason by Dr. Lawerence M. Principe

From: Dr. Norman R. W.
Sent on: Sunday, March 25, 2012 5:29 AM

Outline of today's 30 minute lecture which will be followed by 30 minutes of discussion


I.  Faith and reason are two ways of obtaining knowledge statement; two sources  of knowledge statements are the traditional “Two Books”; the Book of Scripture and the Book of Nature. 


II. St. Augustine [masked]) produced a profound synthesis between Greek philosophical thought and Christian belief, thus creating theological systems and methods foundational to Christianity.


A. Reason and logic are necessary for theological inquiry.

B. Unity of truth – No final conflict between faith and reason

C.  Two books – Scripture and Nature are both to be read

D.  Both books require careful Interpretation

E.  Faith is first but reason is a “handmaiden” that helps true faith.  Historian David Noble documents in The Religion of Technology (1997), science has long been "a handmaiden to revelation and prophecy," driven by "spiritual yearnings for supernatural redemption, “and devoted to bringing man closer to the Divine Being.


III. “I believe so that I may understand” and “I understand so that I may believe”


IV.  Pope John Paul II in 1998 defined the issues between “Faith and Reason.”


1.  Concerning faith

A.  Both faith and reason are needed

B.  Faith without reason condemned

C.  Blind faith is rejected

2.  Concerning Reason

A.  Relativism, nihilism, and scientism are criticized

B.  Science without faith may be misused

C.  Science and faith can unleash great human potential

D.  Faith and Reason both needed to find truth



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