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  1. Mike T says:

    Like Mo’s comment, but i think you’ve got Jesus misconstruing B16 pretty badly. he didn’t say biblical faith was ‘the basis of rationality’ but that xtianity (specifically catholicism) was a religion that was in harmony with rationality. and he was implying islam is less welcoming to reason.

  2. author says:

    The West has long been endangered by this aversion to the questions which underlie its rationality, and can only suffer great harm thereby. The courage to engage the whole breadth of reason, and not the denial of its grandeur – this is the programme with which a theology grounded in Biblical faith enters into the debates of our time.

  3. rodric the wisty says:

    author, i love you so much.

    start a religion with you as god, or maybe related to god in some way.
    id buy a t shirt!

  4. Mike T says:

    yep – that’s what he said. but that’s not quite ‘rationality should be based on biblical faith’. i think B16’s saying sth like ‘rationality – as it is understood in a materialist worldview – can only explain some things and furthermore such a view limits the scope and effectiveness of reason in understanding the world’.

    Pope: “Modern scientific reason with its intrinsically Platonic element bears within itself a question which points beyond itself and beyond the possibilities of its methodology. Modern scientific reason quite simply has to accept the rational structure of matter and the correspondence between our spirit and the prevailing rational structures of nature as a given, on which its methodology has to be based. Yet the question why this has to be so is a real question, and one which has to be remanded by the natural sciences to other modes and planes of thought – to philosophy and theology”.

  5. anti-santa says:

    Hmmm, I don’t believe in Father Christmas either, nor St Nicholas, nor the Coca Cola advert style Santa Claus, neither do an enormous sector of the known world. Why do we have to allow these strange folk, of all cultures, who spend their lives believing the unbelievable to have such a huge say in how the world is run?

  6. JohnnieCanuck says:

    Because it’s a time-honoured tradition?

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