Philadelphia Catholic Scholars Program

pcsp 2018

Faith & Reason


Discover the unity between faith and reason

"Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of 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."      - Saint John Paul II, Fides et Ratio


Are faith and reason compatible? Can I be a thinking Catholic?

Participants in the inaugural program on Faith and Reason will ask fundamental questions about the relationship between faith and reason, and will turn to the great philosophical and theological minds in the western tradition to see how they have sought to answer this question.

Under the guidance of seminary and university professors, students will dig into the works of Plato, Augustine, Boethius, Thomas Aquinas, G.K. Chesterton, and John Paul II. These great thinkers will help us to understand the role of both faith and reason in the pursuit of truth. We will see that satisfying our hunger for the truth does not require turning off our minds or muting our Catholicism. 

In addition to study and inquiry, the PCSP endeavors to form the whole person. Our formation of the intellect through study, argument, and writing, will be complemented with a rich participation in the prayer life of the Church, with daily Mass attendance and evening prayer. But more than just minds and souls, we are also embodied and social creatures. Our discussions themselves will be enriched as friendships are enhanced during recreation, playing soccer, frisbee, football, and so on.