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The Appearing of God$
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Jean-Yves Lacoste

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198827146

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198827146.001.0001

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The Knowledge and Love of God

The Knowledge and Love of God

Beyond “Faith and Reason”

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(p.68) 4 The Knowledge and Love of God
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The Appearing of God
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Jean-Yves Lacoste

Oliver O’Donovan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198827146.003.0004

Theological Aristotelianism produced a dual concept of the knowledge of God as natural and supernatural. But the appearing of God, the chapter argues, must be an event of love that elicits love. Belief can only appear in company with love. Where the object of faith is in question, truth is proposed, but not self-evident. Faith does not affirm God as a matter of necessity, but does recognize the importance of its possibility. In knowledge there is continuity as well as discontinuity, and the wall between faith and reason, like that between the “God of Abraham” and “the god of philosophers,” must come down. Philosophical reflection on God, too, can be seen as part of the economy of divine revelation.

Keywords:   John Paul II, faith, reason, knowledge of God, love

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