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Faith and Knowledge
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The relation between faith and knowledge is frequently formulated as follows: to believe means the same as not to know, or to know only provisionally, partly or superficially. This is not only an indication of the difference between the two spheres, but represents a definite characterization of faith as inferior. If knowledge is taken to mean well-founded and certain understanding, and if understanding indicates mental assimilation of that which is, and if the substantiation and certitude of und…

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Heinrich Fries, “Faith and Knowledge”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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