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Faith and Reason: Relationship Between God and Man & Man and Neighbor

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Pope Saint John Paul II wrote in his encyclical entitled Fides et Ratio:

“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.”

Throughout this encyclical, Pope Saint John Paul II carries a familiar theme of union. Not only the union of faith and reason, but also the union of God and man alongside the union of man to man. I intend in this paper to connect the union of God to man with the union of man to man and how only having one is depriving the man of the fullness of truth God has for us.

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