Sunday, July 04, 2010

Ratzinger was Right #327

"The present day crisis is due to the fact that the connecting link between the subjective and the objective realms has disappeared, that reason and feeling are drifting apart, and that both are ailing because of it."

_Truth and Tolerance_, 143.

This reminds me of the following saying, which I'm reconstructing from memory, so it might be different from the original.

"Reason without feeling leaves one like a ship with a rudder but no sail: It goes nowhere. Feeling without reason leaves one like a ship with a sail but not rudder: it goes wherever the wind blows."

What we want, of course, is both motivation and direction. We want a vector. The love of God serves as both motivation and guide. The inner essence of God is Love and Reason: self-giving and self-consistency. All contradictions are satanic. If Christianity is true, then it never contradicts science. If some scientific theory is true, then it never contradicts Christian doctrine. In any case of apparent contradiction, either the appearance is mistaken or we have misinterpreted either the Book of God's Word or the Book of God's World.

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Anonymous Me phi Me said...

Trent,
I know someone who took some philosophy classes when you were a grad student who said that you were "freaky smart".
And this came from a guy who doesn't just throw compliments around.

Friday, July 23, 2010 4:39:00 PM  

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