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Philisophy and Theology
Question from Michael Heart on 6/4/2014:

What is the difference between Theology and Philosophy and how or in what way are they related?

Answer by Richard Geraghty on 7/20/2014:

Dear Michael,

Theology starts by having belief in a revealed truth and ends up trying to understand that truth better by reasoning about it. Believing comes first and understanding later. Philosophy starts by accepting the ordinary experience of life that their are rocks, plants, animals and men in the world and then seeks their ultimate causes by the use of reason alone. In the Catholic tradition of faith and reason, they are the two wings by which man rises to the fullness of truth, which happens finally when we SEE God face to face in the Beatific Vision. In heaven we will need neither faith nor reason. We will no longer have to believed Christ founded the Church. We will not longer have to reason from effects below to the existence of God as the ultimate cause. As I said above, we will SEE God.

Dr. Geraghty

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