Monday, August 09, 2010

Blincoe, Nicholas. "Is the Pope a Philosopher?" GUARDIAN April 2, 2010.

Pope Benedict XVI spent his earlier, professional life as a theologian and one might say he has reached the absolute heights of his profession: he has become infallible. Yet his PhD was in philosophy, a field that lies outside Catholic doctrinal certainties. This presumably means that even the most ardent Catholic could challenge the pope on his philosophy. So what is it? Is the pope a philosopher?

The first task is to separate the pope's philosophy from his theology. How do we construct a Benedictine philosophy that is separate from his faith? . . .

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