“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of the truth.” (Pope St John Paul II, Encyclical Letter, Faith and Reason)
This very pregnant phrase, full of meaning and depth, serves as an appropriate point of departure for any renewed study of faith and reason.
The relationship of faith and reason is so rich, deep and subtle that it will reward any prospective student with profound and unexpected results, time and time again, and therefore deserves ongoing study.
It would not be too much to say that, while our understanding of this relationship has grown and deepened over the centuries, nevertheless the connection between faith and reason has always been present, at least implicitly, and has always informed our knowledge and understanding.
Consider, for example, that both faith and reason are oriented to truth; that their relationship is evident as much in science and philosophy as it is in religion and psychology; that the intuitive grasp of truth happens to precede and to follow upon the dialogue of faith and reason.
These and many other facets of the relationship between faith and reason, the two “wings” of the human spirit, will be explored on this page.
More coming soon…