The encyclical Fides Et Ratio was written by Pope John Paul II to his fellow bishops in to address the relationship between faith and. Intended audience of the encyclical: The Bishops of the Catholic Church, Cautionary note: The English translation of Fides et Ratio is not always what it should . for exposing the weakness of reason: “The beginning of the First Letter to the. Encyclical Letter Fides et Ratio, published only last week, I wished to defend the capacity of human reason to know the truth. This confidence in reason is an.

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The Holy Father tries, as one would expect, to find a middle ground, emphasizing the importance of the contribution that different cultures can make to the understanding of Christian doctrine, while at the same time emphasizing the need for critical encyclica, under the light of faith, to purify cultures and bring them to perfection according to the universal message of salvation.

Consider, for example, the natural knowledge of God, the possibility of distinguishing divine Revelation from other phenomena or the recognition of its credibility, the capacity of human language to speak in a true and meaningful way even of things which transcend all human experience. For the Old Testament, knowledge is not simply a matter of careful observation of the human being, of the world and of history, but supposes as well an indispensable link with faith and with what has been revealed.

Here we pass beyond mere trust to the fidess of grace.

Synthesis of the encyclical “Fides et ratio”

In theology, which draws its principles from Revelation as a new source of knowledge, this perspective is confirmed by ratlo intimate relationship which exists between faith and metaphysical reasoning” And it is within the realm defined by these points of reference that reason operates. In him too the great unity of knowledge, grounded in the thought of the Bible, was both confirmed and sustained by a depth encyyclical speculative thinking.

Christianity’s engagement with philosophy was therefore neither straight-forward nor immediate. Recent times have seen the rise to prominence of various doctrines which tend to devalue even the truths which had been judged certain.

The crucified Son of God is the historic event upon which every attempt of the mind to construct an adequate explanation of the meaning of existence upon merely human argumentation comes to grief. When they are deeply rooted in experience, cultures show forth the human being’s characteristic openness to the universal and the transcendent.


One reason why the truth of these answers convinces is that they are no different in substance from the answers to which many others have come. All men and women, as I have noted, are in some sense philosophers and have their own philosophical conceptions with which they direct their lives. Others still, prompted by a mistaken notion of cultural pluralism, simply deny the universal value of the Church’s philosophical heritage.

What I wish to emphasize is the duty fdies go beyond the particular and concrete, lest the prime task of demonstrating the universality of faith’s content be abandoned. Faith is said first to be an obedient response to God. He encyclicxl the eternal Word in whom all things were created, and he is the incarnate Word who in his entire person 30 reveals the Father cf. Jesus destroys the walls of division and creates unity in a new and unsurpassed way through our encuclical in his mystery.

A great spiritual impulse leads Indian thought to seek an experience which would liberate the spirit from the shackles of time and space and would therefore acquire absolute value. Christ as the ultimate truth about human existence: From this, certain principles will emerge as useful reference-points in the attempt to rafio the correct link between the two orders of knowledge.

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At first sight, personal existence may seem completely meaningless. There is no doubt that the capacity to entrust oneself and one’s life to another person and the decision to do so are among the most significant and expressive human acts.

Faith therefore has no fear of reason, but seeks it out and has trust in it. This confidence in reason is an integral part of the Catholic intellectual tradition, but it needs reaffirming today in the face of widespread and doctrinaire doubt about our ability to answer the fundamental questions: For the sacred author, the task of searching for the truth was not without the strain which comes once the limits of reason are reached.

The criteria of rigor systematicity and completeness express philosophy’s aspiration to be universally valid. He said that he “wished to defend the capacity of human reason to know the truth. Moreover, the demand for a valid autonomy of thought should be respected even when theological discourse makes use of philosophical concepts and arguments. The Holy Father adds: It is as if, moving between the twin poles of God’s word and a better understanding of it, reason is offered guidance and is warned against paths which would lead it to stray from revealed Truth and to stray in the end from the truth pure and simple.


The daily experience of suffering—in one’s own life and in the lives of others—and the array of facts which seem inexplicable to reason are enough to ensure that a question as dramatic as the question of meaning cannot be evaded. As the Constitution Gaudium et Spes puts it, ‘only in the mystery of the incarnate Word does the mystery of man take on light’.

It is this that Saint Augustine teaches when he writes: Rather than make use of the human capacity to know the truth, modern philosophy has preferred to accentuate the ways in which this capacity is limited and conditioned.

They were not naive thinkers. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Pope considers different ‘faces’ of the truth, leading to the claim that ‘one may define the human being as the one who seeks the truth’ No.

This obliged the Council to reaffirm emphatically that there exists a knowledge which is peculiar to faith, surpassing the knowledge proper to human reason, which nevertheless by its nature can discover the Creator.

The context of philosophical inquiry: The Council began with the eh criterion, presupposed by Revelation itself, of the natural knowability of the existence of God, the beginning and end of all things, 63 and concluded with the solemn assertion quoted earlier: They do not judge their original intuition useless fiides because they have not reached their goal; rightly enough they will say that they have not yet found a satisfactory answer. Theology must serve the proclamation of the Gospel in language that can be understood by modern man.

He pursues her like a hunter and lies in wait on her paths.

The Constitution Dei Verbum puts it eloquently: In 56 the Holy Father indicts ‘consensus’ theories of truth and indicates the intellectual threat posed by specialization. In a sense, then, we return to the sacramental character of Revelation and especially to the sign of the Eucharist, in which the indissoluble unity between the signifier and signified makes it possible to grasp the depths of the mystery.

This is why I make this strong and insistent appeal—not, I trust, untimely—that faith and philosophy recover the profound unity which allows them to stand in harmony with their nature without compromising their mutual autonomy.