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The Cardinal and the Atheist

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD1QHO_AVZA] Here is an excellent debate on TV between Cardinal Pell of Sydeny and renowned atheist Richard Dawkins. Inevitably much of the argument ends up on different views on creation and evolution and Cardinal Pell (who has approached environmental issues before) does a good job of defending the intelligence of the Catholic position and maintaining his […]

Habermas, Ratzinger and the Crisis of Europe – II

In the first part of the post on Habermas, Ratzinger and the Crisis of Europe we ended considering Ratzinger’s call for the recognition of Europe’s deeply religious roots, and Habermas’ ‘religious opening’. Recently there has been some talk of Habermas experimenting some form of conversion, one spanish article heading called “Saint Jurgen Habermas” and Peter […]

God and Secularism

Among some of the comments there has been debate on how Habermas and Ratzinger see their own positions with regards to “The Dialectics of Secularization”. While there is much agreement in the book of this title, Habermas does say in “Between Naturalism and Religion” that he doesn’t think that burka’s should be banned from personal […]

Ratzinger and Habermas… again

In the most recent publication by Pope Benedict XVI, which is actually a collection of interviews by Peter Seewald called Light of the World, German philosopher Jurgen Habermas is mentioned once again. The context is the question about the relevance of faith to modern life, an issue which both Ratzinger and Habermas have been and are engaging […]

Habermas, Ratzinger and the Kantian divide

Over the last week I have been struggling to understand the basic architecture of German philosopher Jurgen Habermas, perhaps the most famous philosopher of his generation. While by no means do I claim a organic understanding of his work, but Summary Jurgen Habermas which summarizes his position and approach to modernity, via reason and rationalization, […]

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