Fides et Ratio

“To search for the Truth wherever it may be found by exploring the union of faith and reason.”

A widespread belief that science and religion are mutually exclusive seems to pervade our academic culture today; it is as if one must choose either faith or reason. The Catholic Church, however, firmly maintains that not only is there no contradiction between faith and reason, but also that both are elevated as different, meaningful ways to understand the glory of God. Fides et Ratio (“Faith and Reason”) is an organization dedicated to helping students gain a better understanding of the beauty of the Catholic approach to the study of faith and reason, science and religion. We provide a friendly intellectual environment for the free exchange of ideas in which members and guests come together for an hour to discuss “hot button” academic issues. From discussions of the Big Bang to biblical archaeology and from human evolution to the Just War Doctrine, all illuminated by faith in Our Lord, Fides et Ratio is proud to bear the Wisconsin Idea of academic and personal excellence into territories it has yet to travel and to bring back to it the Light which it so desperately needs. Along with the 1894 Board of Regents, “we believe that the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.” It is the mission of Fides et Ratio to take up and fulfill this challenge our university poses to its students, sifting and winnowing in all fields of knowledge to seek and find the ultimate Truth: the One who is Himself the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of the truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth – in a word, to know Himself so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.” St. Pope John Paul II, Fides et Ratio (“Faith and Reason”)

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