“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.” – Pope John Paul II
It’s frustrating that we have so many Christians today that believe they must deny their reason for the sake of their faith. And it’s unfortunate that we have so many others who believe they must deny their faith for the sake of their reason.
And in all the confusion the rest of us often get the perception that somehow faith and reason are not reconcilable. Or that we must take one without the other.
This is a false dichotomy.
The Catholic Church has never been one or the other. Both faith and reason are tools that God has given us to find Truth – to find Him.
“Reason and faith cannot be separated without diminishing the capacity of men and women to know themselves, the world and God in an appropriate way.” – Pope John Paul II
Both of these quotes are taken from Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Fides et Ratio. If you haven’t read it – here ya go! It’s brilliant and enlightening.