BENEDICT XVI AT THE ANGELUS: "THE RELATION BETWEEN FAITH AND REASON IS A SERIOUS CHALLENGE FOR THE PREVAILING CULTURE"

On the day of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Benedict XVI, yesterday at the Angelus, addressed the subject of the relation between faith and reason. As he mentioned the "great doctor of the Church", the Holy Father highlighted that "with his charisma as a philosopher and a theologian, he offers an effective model of harmony between reason and faith, both dimensions of the human spirit, that are fully accomplished in meeting and talking with each other". According to Saint Thomas’ philosophy, the human reason, explained the Pope, "moves within a broad, open horizon where it can make the most of itself. When man limits himself to thinking of only material objects that can be experienced and withdraws from the big questions on life, on himself and on God, he becomes poorer". The relation between faith and reason then "is a serious challenge for the culture that is currently prevailing in the Western world". In fact, went on the Pope, "the modern development of science brings countless positive effects, which must be unfailingly acknowledged. At the same time, though, we must admit that the trend to regard as true only what can be experienced puts limits on human reason and produces a terrible, full-blown schizophrenia in which rationalism and materialism, hyper-technology and unrestrained instinct live together". (to be continued)

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