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Editor says Benedict outlined link between God, reason


CARL BUNDERSON

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CNA
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Media/Opinion
Date:
4/24/2013

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ABSTRACTEditor says Benedict outlined link between God, reason :: Catholic News Agency (CNA) Editors Service About us Donate Spanish Portuguese Follow us: Loading News Headlines Vatican Americas Asia - Pacific US Europe Middle East - Africa Most Read Most Commented Archive Mandate Resources Abortion Advent Apologetics Benedict XVI Bible Cardinals Catechism Catholic Links Catholic Womanhood Church Fathers Holy Week Life & Family Liturgical Calendar Liturgy Mary Politics Prayers Sacraments Saints Virtue Tools Catholic Podcast RSS Feeds CNA TV CNA Audio Columns A Life Worth Living Answering the Tough Questions Bishops' Corner Book Reviews Both Oars In Catholic & Single Catholic Men Guest Columnist Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II In Good Company Indispensable Economics Inside the Church during WWII Led Into the Truth Movie Reviews Preparing the way for the Roman Missal – 3rd Edition The New (& the Old) Evangelization The Spirit of the New Translation The Way of Beauty With Good Reason Your Moment in the Mass Documents Pope Benedict XVI Pope John Paul II Pope Paul VI Pope John XXIII Pope Pius XII Pope Pius XI Pope Pius X Pope Leo XIII Vatican II Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith Pontifical Council for the Family United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Cardinal James Francis Stafford Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Bishop Samuel J. Aquila Catholic Womanhood CNA Blog Home » News » US Editor says Benedict outlined link between God, reason By Carl Bunderson A Reason Open to God by Bendict XVI, collected and edited by J. Steven Brown, Ph.D., P.E.. Washington D.C., Apr 24, 2013 / 02:02 am ( CNA ) .- In his speeches and writings on universities, Benedict XVI constantly focused on the need for reason to be open to God as a subject of knowledge, the editor of a new volume of his addresses says. “The problem we face in the university is the emptying out or reduction of reason; so what has to be recovered is reason as reason,” said Dr. J. Steven Brown, a professor of mechanical engineering at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. “A reason,” he noted, “that does not exclude at the outset God as being unscientific.” In an April 22 interview with CNA, Brown discussed his experience in editing the new book, “A Reason Open to God,” a collection of Benedict's thought on universities, education, and culture. The book is published by Catholic University of America Press, and will be available May 17. After a foreword by Catholic University of America president John Garvey, it opens with Benedict XVI's 2008 letter to the Diocese of Rome identifying contemporary society's “educational emergency.” The rest of the book collects quite nearly all of the emeritus pontiff's addresses on education and culture while he was Bishop of Rome. They are arranged thematically into seven sections: on faith and reason; freedom and truth; education and love; pedagogy and learning; faith and community; culture and universities; and science and theology. Brown explained that the book began when Garvey, shortly after becoming president at Catholic University of America, asked Brown and five other faculty members to participate in a symposium answering the question “What does faith have to do with the intellectual life?” “My obvious starting point,” Brown said, “was to see what has Benedict XVI said about this question. I  found everything he'd said in a university context, I pulled it all together, I wrote my 10 minute intervention and I delivered that in January 2011.” He chose to give this chronological collection of Benedict's addresses on education to Garvey as an inaugural gift, as he had only recently come to the university. He also shared it with another faculty member, who pushed him to have it published. “I showed it to the director of CUA Press hoping he'd put me off it, but he said 'We'd love to publish this'...So then I began to put the book together in a form that would be helpful to a wider audience, grouping the addresses around themes.” “The Pope never set out to write a book here; he simply gave discrete addresses in different contexts,” Brown said. He was humble about his thematic presentation of the addresses, noting that since Benedict's thought in any given talk addressed a variety of topics, “any editor could group them in a different way.” “I also included a few addresses I think are key, crucial to understanding the thought of Pope Benedict,” even though they were not delivered in a university setting, Brown added. Brown has taught engineering at Catholic University of America for 16 years, and so the question of the nature of a Catholic university is one he said he has “lived existentially, dramatically, during the course of my years here at the university.” His own engagement.......