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Pope Benedict XVI, The Papal Science

Rediscovering the Path to Europe
Em. Macron, Rediscovering the Path to Europe

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The university was also very proud of its two theological faculties. It was clear that, by inquiring about the reasonableness of faith, they too carried out a work which is necessarily part of the "whole" of the universitas scientiarum, even if not everyone could share the faith which theologians seek to correlate with reason as a whole.


If theological faculties are to ensure that faith is reasonable, and if the end as such is more important than the means, then this "theology" is the judgement of God in order to be proved adaequate to reasoning. If reason is able to ensure faith and if this is the aim of theology, then no God can be more godly than reason. The dividing, equating, comparing and handling power of reason is the ultimate and most certainly godly reality we have and can have experience of. As we will see, after a while the pope criticizes Descartes!, which means that he has no idea whatever of the ways of his thinking, which is why I'm talking about him being innocent in his madness. Byzantium incorporated reasoning simultaneously transcending it on the higher level of real Theology, not seeing in reasoning more than an inferior power of mind and an aid to define errors and explain truth. This explanation does not regard anyone, but only people who should have other and more important presuppositions of approaching truth beyond reasoning and even beyond sentiments, that is, in the manifestation of divine wisdom which is Christ himself. The pope tries to infuse a 'theology' cut down as a scientific ideology, into the 'whole' of the 'universitas scientiarum'. This way he does not adopt the Byzantine mentality, but he refuses it. In Byzantium reason and faith were not opposing each other, and they were not on the same level with each other, they did not belong in any 'whole' of 'universitas scientiarum', which is why theology was not being taught at the Byzantine 'university'.


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Cf.  Manuel II Palaeologus Resources * The Papal Chrislamism * What have we done to Christianity..
Orthodoxy and Science : A changing relationship? * Papacy
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