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date: 09 July 2020

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After considering the mutual implication of faith and reason in John Paul II’s Fides et ratio this chapter considers the concept of revelation, emphasizing ways in which revelation is both open and not open to human reason. The chapter then explores different models of faith and reason that have emerged through the history of Christianity, showing that conceptions of reason are defined by conceptions of faith, and that concepts of faith are defined by the concept of revelation. Throughout, the chapter also argues that a radical notion of divine self-revelation underlies Christian thought, and is accompanied by a radical notion of faith that involves not only intellectual assent but the commitment of the whole person, and a radical notion of reason that recognizes its end in that which transcends reason.

Keywords: faith, reason, revelation, truth, Benedict XVI, transcendence

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