Fr. John Bayer

Fr. John Bayer
Fr. John Bayer grew up in New York. One year after graduating from University of Dallas in 2006, he entered the Cistercian Abbey Our Lady of Dallas. After finishing a doctorate in theology at Pontifical Gregorian University, he now teaches at Cistercian Preparatory School and University of Dallas.

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Fides et Ratio: St. John Paul II on Faith and Reason

Posted by Fr. John Bayer on Nov 24, 2020 7:03:00 AM

The story of “doubting” Thomas (cf. John 20:19–31) is a gospel passage that can make people cringe. This passage is, sadly, often interpreted as though it were contrasting reason, on the one hand, with faith (or gullibility), on the other. For example, one very influential atheist, Richard Dawkins, refers to the story of doubting Thomas in The Selfish Gene to argue Christians think the “greatest virtue” of faith is that it is “blind” and “doesn’t need evidence” at all (330).

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Topics: St. John Paul II, faith, faith and reason, science and religion

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