Catholic Central: Faith and Reason

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Catholic Central hosts Kaiser Johnson and Libby Slater. Copyright 2017 Family Theater Productions. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

We’ve been living in an era when everyone, young and old alike, is having to face big issues, and this week’s crop of “Catholic Central” episodes is no different. We give you the opportunity to sit with the young and wrestle with questions about war, making choices, difficult Scripture passages, the contrast between faith and reason, and … feminism. 

Catholic Central-Faith and Reason

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What Is the Real Relationship Between ‘Faith and Reason’? 

We hear again and again that faith and reason are incompatible. But, just because people say it doesn’t make it so – or at least not in the way they think. 

The Catholic Church requires you to check your brain and abandon all logic at the door, right? Actually, no. In “Catholic Central: Faith and Reason, Kai and Libby break down the different tools that the Church uses for finding different kinds of truth, and where Faith comes in. 

Diving Deeper  

  • How are faith (philosophy/theology) and reason (science) like different tools for finding out different kinds of truth? Do faith and reason share a similar purpose? 
  • When Pope Leo XIII said, “Truth cannot contradict truth,” what did he mean? Is it possible for faith and science to arrive at different conclusions and both be correct? 
  • Superstition occurs when someone uses faith without reason. What are some examples of superstition? 
  • In Fides et Ratio, St. Pope John Paul II lists fundamental questions asked by every culture in every time in search of meaning: “Why is there evil? What is there after this life?” What are some other questions that science alone cannot answer?

Activity 

Choose a Catholic scientist who has contributed significantly to their field and learn a little more about them. How were they motivated by both faith and reason in their pursuit of knowledge? You might consider: Julius NieuwlandMary Kenneth Keller, Louis Pasteur, Gregor Mendel, Georges LeMaitre, Blaise Pascal, Claude Bernard, Maria Agnesi or Georgius Agricola, among many others.  

Reflection by Father Vince Kuna, C.S.C.  

Most people these days, it seems, can’t distinguish between the empirical and the theological. There is a simple exercise you can do to reinforce this distinction. Watch a film or TV show. What are some factual (empirical) things can you state about it – for example, the running time, actors’ names, crew positions? What are some truth (theologyclaims that you could argue? i.e. a main character resembles Christ (or not); faith subtext: unintended or intended. 


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“Catholic Central” hosts Kai and Libby take their Catholic faith seriously but not themselves, entertaining and informing viewers on Church history and doctrine. Fun and fact-filled, Gabriel Award-winning episodes address a wide range of topics and questions. We want to be central to your faith. Watch, laugh and learn!

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