Faith Or Reason? Essay examples

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                                        Critical Paper 3
               Fides et Ratio, One or Both?

     The Middle Ages saw a period in time that was deeply rooted in Christianity. Almost every aspect of life was monitered and ruled by the Church. This period in time also saw the emergence of men beginning to question whether the existence of God can be proved by faith , reason, or as Thomas Aquinas insists, by both faith and reason. There
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It is also a way of keeping society in safe behavioral limits by supplying mankind with a code of laws and punishments. How very coincidental it is that God and religion supply all of these things that are so necessary to human society. Of course as time went on these simple religious ideas and laws grew into a very complicated and contradictory system that may be seen as void of any holiness.

It seems very easy to just make explanations as Aquinas does about why things are as they are. He was able to use reason to prove certain Divine Truths, but not all, and when he found he could not prove with reason he uses faith as the answer. How is it philosophically reasonable that reason may be applied to certain aspects but not all? Maybe it is easy for a believer to accept this, but using this ‘reason’ may be a bit more difficult in proving anything to a non-believer. But of course the non-believer was a very rare site, if not non-existant in the Middle Ages to even contradict or question Aquinas’ theologic ideas. “Aquinas was convinced that reason and faith could not really conflict with one another. He wrote, ‘Christian theology isues from the light of faith, philosophy from the natural light of reason. Philosophical truths cannot be opposed to the truths of faith’.” Where is the reason for this? Reason is associated with fact and it is evident that Aquinas does not

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