Philosophy and Theology

Volume 27, Issue 1, 2015

Jean-Pierre Fortin
Pages 25-54

Critical Theology, Committed Philosophy
Discovering Anew the Faith-Reason Dynamics with Origen of Alexandria and Augustine of Hippo

This article analyzes the faith-reason relationship articulated in the works of two Church Fathers, Origen of Alexandria (185-254 CE) and Augustine of Hippo (354-430 CE). Within the perspective of Origen and Augustine, faith is rational and reason faithful. Faith does not hinder, but rather enhances the power of human understanding to decipher the truth. Faith is the only means by which human reason can come to know truth in Jesus Christ. Faith and reason are thus interrelated and mutually dependent. While faith empowers reason to fathom the divine mysteries, reason perfects faith, enabling responsible assent to truth.

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