“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.” – Pope John Paul II, Encyclical on the Relationship between Faith and Reason Fides et Ratio, 14 September 1998
In the tradition of St. Thomas Aquinas and taking its example from the words of Pope John Paul II, the Aquinas Center for Catholic Faith and Reason seeks to enlighten the mind and feed the soul with the truths of the Catholic faith. The Catholic Church enjoys a rich history of seeing faith and reason as two mutually supporting streams flowing from the same source: Divine Revelation. Indeed as the First Vatican Council proclaimed:
There exists a twofold order of knowledge, distinct not only as regards their source, but also as regards their object. With regard to the source, because we know in one by natural reason, in the other by divine faith. With regard to the object, because besides those things which natural reason can attain, there are proposed for our belief mysteries hidden in God which, unless they are divinely revealed, cannot be known.
The Aquinas Center for Catholic Faith and Reason seeks to serve as a “bridge” between the rich intellectual tradition of orthodox Catholic academia and the non-academic laity. In loyalty to the Magisterium, we provide news, information, resources, and speakers to help our fellow Catholics gain a fuller and deeper understanding of the Faith. Through this, we believe Catholics learn not only the fullness of the truths of Catholicism, but more importantly come to better know, love, and serve the Lord.
St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor, pray for us!