Fides Et Ratio: Pope St. John Paul II

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“Fides ET ratio” which was written in 1998 by Pope St. John Paul the II to all the bishops to demonstrate the relationship between faith and reason. Pope St. John Paul the II wrote the encyclical to support and at the same time help the old Christian philosophy. "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 the desire to know the truth — in a word, to know himself — so that by knowing and loving God, men and women can come to the fullness of the truth about themselves" (n. 1) With that sentence Pope St. John Paul the II begins the encyclical, Fides et Ratio. Pope St. John Paul II believed that faith and reason has a lot of interconnection to help…show more content…
Peter emphasized and reminded his brother bishops to "witnesses of divine and Catholic truth." To bear witness to the truth is therefore is what is entrusted to every bishop, priest and deacon. The Encyclical speaks of philosophy in a real positive term. Something we could not expect from no other institution today. Philosophy has been twisted around by universities, political and international institutions, and oftentimes even by men and woman in the sciences. In the introduction of Fides et Ratio, Pope St. John Paul II recognizes that among the many resources men and women can obtain to generate more knowledge of the truth everyone is looking for, philosophy comes in as one of the noblest of human…show more content…
Proverbs 20:5 tells us that intelligence enables everyone, believer and non-believer, to reach the deep waters of knowledge. "God so loved the world that he sent his only Son…" (Jn. 3: 16). Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life (Jn. 14: 6). This shows how the Church received the truth about human life as a gift God the Father The true meaning of life, therefore, is a person: Jesus Christ. The ultimate answers to man's questions about pain, suffering of the innocent, and death are found in Christ's Passion, Death and Resurrection (n. 12). The truth communicated by Christ is the absolutely valid source of the meaning of human life (n. 12). All human creatures, not just philosophers, have the right to receive the truth about their existence and destiny (n. 38). By the revelation of Jesus, God the Father has made the truth available to every man and woman. Jesus Christ is not only the revelation of God to man, he is also the revelation of man to himself. In the sacred mystery of the Incarnate Word, man can understand himself. Christ "reveals man to himself and makes clear his supreme calling, which is to share in the divine mystery of the life of the Trinity" (n. 13). Faith is man's obedient response to God's revelation (n. 13). By faith man accepts the truth of Christ's revelation which is guaranteed by God. Because an act of faith involves freely entrusting oneself to God and freely accepting His

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