Reconciling Faith and Reason

Regular and loyal readers of this blog know that one of the foundational SUPPOSITIONS of this blog is that ALL knowledge that is OBJECTIVELY CORRECT (REALITY BASES) will converge with that knowledge that was revealed to man by Our Lord Jesus Christ.

To be more precise, ALL knowledge that is acquired (discovered) and is TRUE, MUST be compatible with that which either Our Lord revealed, or that which we have acquired through our senses and ability to reason, i.e. that knowledge known through “natural light of human reason from the things that are made”.

If the above is a TRUE supposition, then the acquisition of knowledge is nothing more than reconciling that knowledge that exists in the secular side of the Visibilium Omnium, et Invisibilium with the Catholic Magisterium. 

Let’s call this the Armaticus Theorem.

So just as with any Theorem worth its weight in salt, it needs to be tested and verified. Therefore, the Armaticus Theorem needs to be put through its paces.

To this end, I have created this page titled Reconciling Faith and Reason to do just that. On this page, I will link to the work of academics and researchers who are, in the humble opinion of this humble blogger, attempting to RECONCILE these two states of human existence.

Furthermore, I would like to make this testing and verification a participatory undertaking. So the manner in which the testing and verification will occur, is through the participation of my readers.

What I would like you dear reader to do is first to watch the videos to which I have linked. While watching the videos, if you identify any subject matter discussed in the videos that corresponds to a Catholic dogmatic teaching, please identify the part of the video and note the Catholic teaching that you think it corresponds to. Please put your responses in the comment box and I will re-post them under the appropriate video.

Allow me to give you an example of such an identification:

RECONCILIATION EVENT:

In the Jordan Peterson video titled Biblical Series III: God and the Hierarchy of Authority, at the 2:09:00 mark, Jordan Peterson starts the discussion about parenting. At the 2:11:00 mark, Dr. Peterson make the claim that not all families are equal and that it is better for children to have two parents. He then goes on to make the claim at 2:13:20 that:

“marriage isn’t for the people that are married. It’s for the children, obviously.  If you can’t handle that, grow the hell up. Seriously. “

This claim by Dr. Peterson corresponds to the Catholic teaching on marriage which authoritatively states that: (Summa Theologica, MATRIMONY (QQ[41]-67)

First, in relation to the principal end of matrimony, namely the good of the offspring. First, in relation to the principal end of matrimony, namely the good of the offspring.

Secondly, in relation to the secondary end of matrimony, which is the mutual services which married persons render one another in household matters. For just as natural reason dictates that men should live together, since one is not self-sufficient in all things concerning life, for which reason man is described as being naturally inclined to political society, so too among those works that are necessary for human life some are becoming to men, others to women. Wherefore nature inculcates that society of man and woman which consists in matrimony.

Therefore, the latest academic research, as espoused by Dr. Peterson has CONVERGED with that knowledge that was taught by St. Thomas Aquinas in the middle of the 14th Century.

On an aside, it would appear that we have a RECONCILIATION EVENT, which would make the Magisterial Catholic teaching (pre-VII) on the proper order of the ends of the Sacrament of Marriage, in contemporary terms, the “grown-up” position.

So that is the game plan and those are the rules.

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