Friday, December 10, 2004

Faith and Reason: Wings of the spirit

A couple of interesting things. First, a dear friend sent me an email the other day, with this quote:

Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth -- in a word, to know himself -- so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves (cf. Ex 33:18; Ps 27:8-9; 63:2-3;Jn 14:8; 1 Jn 3:2)."
It's from Pope John Paul II's 1998 encyclical, Fides et Ratio. Beautiful, isn't it? Something to contemplate in this Advent season.

The other interesting thing is here, via Drudge yesterday. It's a case study of the above point: a leading atheist, who spent his life trying to prove the non-existence of God, has decided that the evidence points the other way. He now says that there is, in fact, a God. I don't think he's found the fullness of truth yet, but he's on the right path -- and none too soon. He's 81 years old. You don't suppose he's just going with Pascal's wager, do you?


Nominal Me said...

The last shall be first, and the first shall be last.

Zimri said...

Pascal's Wager assumes the possibility of an eternal Gehenna. He is still denying that much. Therefore he cannot be following Pascal's Wager.

(And since those who believe based on the Wager are despicable cowards, he might want an apology from anyone bringing it up in his context...)