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What is faith? This entry focusses on the nature of faith, although issues about the justifiability of faith are also implicated. This entry is specifically concerned, however, with the notion of religious faith—or, rather and this qualification is important , the kind of faith exemplified in religious faith.
The Thomist Tradition pp Cite as. Thomists adopt the traditional view that the truths about God that are the object of faith are nonetheless held by the believer to be certainly true despite the lack of rational evidence. Yet how can a belief be certain without evidence?
St. Thomas Aquinas
He developed his own conclusions from Aristotelian premises , notably in the metaphysics of personality, creation, and Providence. His doctrinal system and the explanations and developments made by his followers are known as Thomism. Although many modern Roman Catholic theologians do not find St. Thomas altogether congenial , he is nevertheless recognized by the Roman Catholic Church as its foremost Western philosopher and theologian. Thomas Aquinas was a member of the Roman Catholic Church.
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Faith and rationality
There are several possible views of the relationship of Faith to Reason. They are:. It is rational to believe in God and spirits and other religious claims. Reason and Faith are compatible with one another as is Science and Religion because there is but one truth. This is the position of the single largest religious group on earth in the Roman Catholics and has been theirs for some time.
Different conceptions of faith cohere with different views of its relation to reason or rationality. The classic medieval understanding of faith, set forth by Thomas Aquinas , saw it as the belief in revealed truths on the authority of God as their ultimate source and guarantor. Thus, though the ultimate object of faith is God, its immediate object is the body of propositions articulating the basic Christian dogmas. Such faith is to be distinguished from knowledge. Whereas the propositions that are the objects of scientia, or knowledge, compel belief by their self-evidence or their demonstrability from self-evident premises , the propositions accepted by faith do not thus compel assent but require a voluntary act of trusting acceptance. It follows that one cannot have knowledge and faith at the same time in relation to the same proposition; faith can only arise in the absence of knowledge. Faith also differs from mere opinion, which is inherently changeable.
Faith and Reason
Chesterton locates Thomas's chief contribution to the Church, and to the whole human enterprise, by contrasting him with Luther. Luther's great importance lay in his singleminded effort-remarkably successful, Chesterton ruefully concedes-to destroy whatThomas achieved. Luther's passionate hatred of reason rudely dissolves the problem Thomas had so exquisitely solved. Thus no comparison between them on the problem of faith and reason is really possible, since properly speaking Luther, having simply rejected reason, has no position on the issue at all.
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 a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves cf. Ex ; Ps ; ; Jn ; 1 Jn In both East and West, we may trace a journey which has led humanity down the centuries to meet and engage truth more and more deeply. It is a journey which has unfolded—as it must—within the horizon of personal self-consciousness: the more human beings know reality and the world, the more they know themselves in their uniqueness, with the question of the meaning of things and of their very existence becoming ever more pressing.
Faith and rationality exist in varying degrees of conflict or compatibility. Rationality is based on reason or facts. Faith is belief in inspiration , revelation , or authority. The word faith sometimes refers to a belief that is held with lack of reason or evidence, a belief that is held in spite of or against reason or evidence , or it can refer to belief based upon a degree of evidential warrant.
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