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As A. Lalande notes in his Vocabulaire technique et critique de la philosophie (1962), pp. 348ff., Fideism is a theological expression, which applies to a trend of thought found in a number of writers who are inclined to restrict the power of reason with regard to knowledge of truths of the moral and religious order, in particular in establishing the credibility of faith. Fideism characterizes the kind of mind which spontaneously reacts against anything that appears to diminish the supernatural and gratuito…

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Paul Poupard, “Fideism”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 03 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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