Faith and Reason

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

Episode 48 · August 12, 2019 · YouTube, apologetics

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?


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 Nieuwland, Mary Kenneth Keller, Louis Pasteur, Gregor Mendel, Georges LeMaitre, Blaise Pascal, Claude Bernard, Maria Agnesi, or Georgius Agricola, among many others.

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