Saturday, January 28, 2006

Prima Pars, Q1 A1: Is sacred doctrine necessary?

Yes. Divine science is required because revelation (in order to achieve salvation for all) reveals what exceeds human reason.

Note the Reply to Objection 2: as Aquinas well knew, there is more than one proof that the earth is round; for example, one is geometrical, another physical. In the same way, there is no conflict or tension between faith and reason.

As Pope John Paul II liked to say, truth cannot contradict truth.