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Avery Cardinal Dulles

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228621

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228621.001.0001

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Can Philosophy Be Christian?

Can Philosophy Be Christian?

The New State of the Question

April 7, 1999

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(p.291) 21 Can Philosophy Be Christian?
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Church and Society
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Avery Cardinal Dulles

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823228621.003.0021

This chapter examines the possibility of a Christian philosophy, distinguishing between the roles of faith and reason. Christian philosophers have reached no agreement about how philosophy is related to faith. The classical positions fall into three main types. According to the first school of thought, there is a Christian philosophy, and in fact the only true and adequate philosophy is Christian. The second classical position, from the neo-Thomists of the Louvain school, holds that philosophy must proceed rigorously by its own methods, without allowing itself to be influenced by faith. Between these two contrasting positions there are several mediating positions, which make the third category. Meanwhile, faith and reason, as described by John Paul II, are united like the two natures of Christ, which coexisted without confusion or alteration in a single person. Christian wisdom, similarly, involves a synthesis of theology and philosophy, each supporting and benefiting the other.

Keywords:   Christian philosophy, faith, reason, Christian wisdom, neo-Thomists

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