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Response to patrice (Reply #63)

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 02:38 AM

155. Intellectual rigor, anyway

They have a highly intellectual tradition, very rational. As William F. Buckley showed, you can be intelligent, rigorous, and yet quite conservative. It all depends on the predisposition of the individual, I think. In any case, unlike our anti-intellectual and ignorant homegrown nondenominational Protestant fundamentalists, Jesuits are quite open to scientific inquiry and the results thereof.

The page at this link makes for interesting reading, but briefly:

The study of philosophy is central to helping students achieve this goal by providing essential background and foundations to understand and articulate:

Rationality (evidence, consistency, valid argumentation, and systematic avoidance of omissions)
The existence of God, and appreciating God's love and justice
The ultimate end/ends (goals) of the human person
The highest end/ends of the polis (community), or society (i.e., the common good)
The means for pursuing the goals for human personhood and the common good (i.e., ethics).

>snip<
This third part will concern developing mental acuity (the skill of thinking, reasoning, creating, and expressing oneself clearly).

If one assembles these three parts, an overarching theme becomes evident: The heart liberates the mind, and the mind liberates the heart. "Heart" is a metaphor commonly used to speak of the human capacity to pursue meaning, ideals, love and transcendence with spirit, enthusiasm, empathy, belief, and even passion. The heart directs the mind to meaning and purpose in life. It orients the mind toward the highest possible aspirations, to living life to the fullest, to the highest human emotions, and to our most creative expression. The mind, in its turn, guides the heart to what is reasonable and responsible. It examines the heart's objectives systematically, assesses what can be realistically done, and helps the heart to articulate its aims with clarity and precision. Educators in the Jesuit tradition commonly acknowledge Blaise Pascal's memorable phrase, "the heart has reasons that the mind knows not of." We also recognize that this attention to the heart is one of the most distinctive features of Jesuit education. Yet we hasten to add that the heart is in need of the clear, precise and systematic expression of the mind to bring its loves, ideals, and aspirations to an optimal and effective end.


http://catholiceducation.org/articles/education/ed0108.html

It is meaningful that the new pope has a particular vocation to care for the poor, has lived humbly, and has chosen the name of Francis as his papal name, for Francis of Asissi chose a life of poverty. So we shall see where his mind and his heart lead him in the task of cleaning up the mess the Church has made for itself in Rome and elsewhere.

Hekate

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