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Pope John Paul II - Encyclical Letter "On the Relationship between Faith and Reason." (FIDES ET RATIO)
Paperback, 131 pages
Published 1998 by Pauline Books & Media
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Ever since the 18th Century "Age of Reason", and particularly since the German philosopher Emmanuel Kant published his groundbreaking work "A Critique of Pure Reason", there has been an assumption that faith and reason are somehow opposed to one another, and that someone who accepts religious beliefs based on faith has laid aside his reason. This is a flawed assumption to say the least, and in the work "Fides et Ratio", Pope St. John Paul II takes on this viewpoint with all of the eloquence and ...more
Steven  Hunter
Though an older work, John Paul II spends time explaining the relationship between faith and reason. The latter is used to interpret and understand the former, but it isn't in a place to question faith. Reason, as he portrays it, is a gift given from God, and every man by nature is a philosopher. The degree to which each knows philosophy determines their comprehension of faith. JP II certainly would not say that a philosophical education is essential to faith, but he would posit that the natural ...more
even if you aren't catholic, Pope John Paul still offers a lot. the most important thing I took, barring the religious aspects (which is like 90%) is that culture is headed in a direction that among other things attempts to validated two "truths" that might contradict one another such as "x" can be true for christians and something contradictory "y" can be true for muslims, and they are both universal truths...and thats no good
A very well-written and needed exhortation on the necessary relationship between faith and reason. Central to the Pope's vision is the recovery of the ''Sapiential Dimension'' of philosophy and the sciences - that is, that science, ethics, and anthropology is are interrelated and should be studied together. Also vital is a real and firm metaphysics, on which universal truths and statements can be truly - though imperfectly - known. By reaffirming these fundamental truths whichnare necessary for ...more
Mar 03, 2010 §-- rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Philosophers, historicists, pragmatists, nihilists, etc.
JP II, one might forget, had a doctorate in philosophy, and though his philosophical work is in the phenomenological tradition (something I simply don't understand at all), he clearly was a master of philosophical methodology and had imbibed Thomistic and Scholastic thought, which comes up a lot in this encyclical.

As he points out, it is rare that the Church or a Pope makes remarks due to what is happening in the philosophy community (if they did, they'd be pretty freakin' busy since Hume!), and
Jack Bates
May 21, 2008 Jack Bates rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Philosophers
Pope John Paul II shows how much of a philosopher he really is in this work. He makes one of the more successful attempts at not only bridging the gap between faith and reason but making them codependent upon one another. My favorite quote from this work, one that kicks of the ideas that he puts forth, "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 h ...more
Sep 14, 2012 booklady is currently reading it
Last night I discovered the best lecture on this amazing encyclical. Listened to 1/2 of it and hope to finish the other 1/2 today.
Un excelente análisis y propuesta conciliadora entre los temas que competen a la fe y la razón. Teniendo como punto de unión el pensamiento y el Ser Humano, una obra que es de lectura forzosa para todo aquel que desea conocer de una manera honesta la relación intima que ha habido, hay y habrá siempre entre fe y filosofía.
Avel Deleon
A brief explanation on the nature of faith and reason. But more so, a synthesis why faith and reason need to be reconciled to one another. A good philosophical structure leads to a well developed theology. Reason purifies faith from superstition, while faith purifies reason from odd conclusions of human existence.
Cristina Contilli
Letto all'epoca del Giubileo e soprattutto all'epoca in cui facevo la catechista in parrocchia... una lettura interessante (da quel che ricordo), ma anche impegnativa... e d'altra parte credo che il rapporto tra fede e ragione sia di natura teologica, ma anche individuale...
Paul Graham
I enjoyed the discussion of philosophy, the possibility of understanding how the realms of faith and reason coincide. I didn't get a sense of a specific thesis being defended, as a set of ideas presented in a variety of ways.
A must read for those stuggling with the questions about religion. JPII's argument is solid and offers comfort for the secularized mind.
Kit Fry
It's good if you believe. There are always fundamental flaws in the arguments of the faithful, but his weren't as bad as so many others.
Hark Herald Sarmiento
I like this enciclical by the Blessed Pope John Paul II.... faith and reason should go hand-in-hand.
Kevin Estabrook
read this in Epistemology back in college...picked it up again for my BXVI course...
Excellent demonstration of how the two actually complement one another.
Everyone interested in Philosophy and Theology should read this.
Mitchell Hebert
A must read for any Catholic philosopher
Angela Joyce
This is brilliantly concise.
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Karol Wojtyła

Saint Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus II), born Karol Józef Wojtyła.

The Cardinals elected him Pope at the Conclave of 16 October 1978, and he took the name of John Paul II. On 22 October, the Lord's Day, he solemnly inaugurated his Petrine ministry as the 263rd successor to the Apostle. His pontificate, one of the longest in the history of the Church, lasted nearly 27 years.
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“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth- in a word, to know himself- so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.” 17 likes
“It must not be forgotten that reason too needs to be sustained in all its searching by trusting dialogue and sincere friendship. A climate of suspicion and distrust, which can beset speculative research, ignores the teaching of the ancient philosophers who proposed friendship as one of the most appropriate contexts for sound philosophical enquiry.” 3 likes
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