God close to us says Pope

The close connection between faith and reason is based on the belief God created humans and is always near, Pope Benedict says.

Catholic News Service reports the Holy Father used his weekly address to continue his talks about St Augustine who did not look for a God who was the “ultimate cosmological hypothesis, but was the true God, the God who gives life and enters into our lives."

"The harmony between faith and reason means, above all, that God is not far off, he is not far from our reason and from our lives,” the Pope said.

“He is close to every human being, near to our hearts and near to our intelligence.”

The Pope said that St Augustine believed religions and philosophies that did not make sense of life and did not help people arrive at a truth valid for everyone were not worth pursuing.

“Faith and reason are the two forces that bring us to knowledge," he said.

“People must believe in God in order to understand, and they must use their understanding in order to believe.”

SOURCE
Harmony between faith, reason shows God is near, says pope (Catholic News Service 30/01/08)
Encountering Christ changed St Augustine's life (VIS 30/01/08

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