About this Blog

Welcome to Faith and Reason!

This blog presents material ranging from theology and spirituality, to politics, the culture and morality. The author is, first and foremost, unapologetically Catholic. All opinions given here are grounded in a firm conviction that the Catholic Church is the one, true church established by God for the salvation of souls. Other churches and religious groups certainly may contain some truth, but unfortunately these groups have also adopted error and false doctrine. Only the Catholic Church possesses the fullness of Truth as revealed by God through Sacred Scripture and Tradition.

I, the author, am not a trained theologian, nor am I an ordained member of the clergy, but on my own initiative and out of shear enjoyment I attempt to share my faith to the best of my ability. I enjoy reading and studying theology and Church history. Most of the posts here at Faith and Reason are theological, spiritual, or religious in nature. However, some content is political or includes commentary on the culture at large. But this is always done in light of my Catholic faith. In everything that I present here I have attempted to apply my faith with sound arguments and logical reasoning. Thus the name of this blog: "Faith and Reason

In the spirit of honest debate all comments are welcome, especially comments from those who disagree with a particular post or with the Catholic Faith in general. Anyone who is honestly seeking answers in matters of faith or who is interested in learning more about Catholicism or the views of this author, please leave a question or comment in one of two places: 1) in the comments section of a post if it pertains to that particular post; 2) on the Comments Page of this blog if it is a general comment or question that is not specific to a post. [Anonymous posts are always welcome, though I reserve the right to remove anything offensive or irrelevant.]

I write under the name Thomas. And so this blog is dedicated to three important saints who share this name:

The Apostle Thomas reminds us that some things are grounded in a simple Faith that defies human logic and cannot be explained except through trust in God’s Word. When the Risen Christ first appeared to the Apostles, Thomas was not among them. When told that Jesus had visited them, Thomas refused to believe unless he could touch the nail marks in His hands and probe the wound in His side. When Jesus appeared again He told Thomas, “Blessed are they who do not see, and yet believe.” We look to Thomas the Apostle to aide in our disbelief and to remind us that Faith can sometimes not be explained.

Thomas Aquinas is arguably the greatest of the scholastic theologians from the Middle Ages (and one of the greatest intellectuals of all human history). His thought continues to influence theologians and philosphers to this day. Through his many writings, this Thirteenth Century saint teaches us that while Faith and Reason may serve distinct functions they are not mutually exclusive. In fact each complements the other and can work in harmony to reveal Truth.  We look to this great saint for inspiration in articulating our faith even though our feeble words can never fully do it justice.

Sir Thomas More was Lord Chancellor of England during the reign of King Henry VIII. When Henry wished to divorce his wife and marry another in order to produce an heir, the pope refused to give his blessing. This precipitated the schism between the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church, with the king of England being declared “Supreme Head” of the Church of England. Thomas More remained loyal to the pope and to the Catholic Church against the English monarch. He decided to quietly resign his post and live in seclusion. But Henry issued a decree demanding that More take a public oath attesting to the legitimacy of the marriage and rejecting papal authority. When More refused he was first imprisoned and was later executed for his faithful allegiance to the Church. May we all be so bold when faced with challenges to our faith, especially when the power of the State is behind such threats.

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