"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

In the theological field there must be a balance between what we may call the architectural principles given to us by revelation—which, therefore, always retain their priority importance—and the principles for interpretation suggested by philosophy, that is, by reason—which have an important but exclusively practical role. When this balance between the architecture and the instruments for interpretation is lacking, theological reflection risks being distorted by errors.

[faith and reason: Benedict XVI, Great Christian Thinkers]

Posted by Jeff on 08.03.2011

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