Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Aquinas, faith and reason

Extraordinary chapter by Caputo on Aquinas' "delicate equilibrium" between "theology (reasoning down from faith) and philosophy (reasoning up from the senses)- but either way using reason." (Caputo, Philosophy and Theology 17.)

Amazing that he even talks of the way 'down' and the way 'up'... Familiar to anyone familiar with the late Lonergan.

He even mentions Intelligent Design, and points out how a person like Aquinas would have been most uncomfortable with such an argument, simply because he had a healthy understanding of how God works through secondary causes, and how he has no need to micromanage the world... (p. 18).

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