John Paul 2 Analysis

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Apart from the differences in culture, race or religion, all men the same questions about their own identity, their origin, their destination, the existence of evil, the enigma that follows death arises. That is, find an ultimate truth that gives meaning to your life. For much of the current thinking, however, it is a wild goose chase, for man would be unable to reach the truth.

This is the starting point that has given rise to the thirteenth encyclical of John Paul II, which was published on 15 October. The Pope wants to step out of this cultural situation that has shaped a way of thinking according to which everything is subjective: the truth would be the result of consensus. It is a climate of uncertainty that affects everyone,
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In the Middle Ages it puts the effort in finding the reasons that allow everyone to understand the contents of faith. Evergreen today is the contribution of the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas and his vision of a complete harmony between faith and reason, based on the principle that "what is true, whoever said it, comes from the Holy Spirit" . "Faith has no fear of reason, but seeks it and trust …show more content…
It is for Christians today "out of this rich heritage the elements compatible with their faith so that enrich Christian thought." The paper notes some criteria for the meeting can be fruitful, which include keeping in mind the universality of the human spirit, whose demands are identical in the most diverse cultures.

John Paul II sees the term "circularity" the path to be followed in the relationship between faith and reason: "The starting point and the original source must always be the word of God revealed in history, while the ultimate goal is not it can be other than the intelligence of this, progressively deepened through generations. on the other hand, since the word of God is truth, promote better understanding the human search for truth, that is, philosophizing ".

The great fertility of this approach is evident in many Christian authors who have combined a philosophical search and data of faith. Pope cites, by way of example, J. H. Newman, A. Rosmini, J. Maritain, E. Gilson, E. Stein, V. Solovev, P.A. Florenskij, P.J. Caadaev, V.

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