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15.9.06

Pope Benedict on Reason

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. "Not to act reasonably, not to act with logos, is contrary to the nature of God", said Manuel II, according to his Christian understanding of God, in response to his Persian interlocutor. It is to this great logos, to this breadth of reason, that we invite our partners in the dialogue of cultures. To rediscover it constantly is the great task of the university.

Pope Benedict XVI, Faith, Reason and the University: Memories and Reflections

{This of course is the speech that has raised so much unreasonable furor- ironic considering the speech's actual content- in the Islamic world. It is in fact a nice speech, though it has precious little to do with Islam. Besides that, his Holiness says nothing innacurate in regards to Islam, and certainly not in regards to Manuel II's perceptions of it.}

1 Comments:

Anonymous John said...

Hi, Im from Melbourne. This essay gives a unique critical insight the role of the pope in the world and the war of spirit vs "flesh" that his insitution is responsible for.

www.beezone.com/AdiDa/jesusandme.html

This essay elaborates on the devastating consequences of the "war" referred to above.

www.dabase.net/2armP1.htm#ch2

Both of which have produced the cultural scenario described in these references

www.dabase.net/coop+tol.htm
www.coteda.com

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