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Thursday, January 25, 2007
The Pope vs. Hughes
Evan, do you think the Pope (not to mention Sullivan) shares your view that the Christian beliefs of ordinary Americans are "of course ... crazy from any purely rational perspective"?
In fact, he -- they -- would say that reason and faith dovetail precisely. In fact, the current Pope's major theological statements so far have all stressed that the division you think is so obvious -- faith here, reason here -- is a disorder of modern secular society.
In the debate I linked to, Sullivan makes that point at great length (though he departs from the Pope on the subject of what reason implies and faith compels, raising a whole other set of issues).
You write that if faith were provable, "we'd call it knowledge." They do call it knowledge.