Descartes, Vatican I, and the Public square

It’s striking that Descartes makes the whole purpose of the Meditations that the arguments about God and the soul should be known rationally,  by everyone, and with the firmest sort of certitude.  As fate would have it, I read the Meditations on the same day we read  the documents of Vatican I, which insist that it is proper to revelation to make God known to everyone with firm certitude.  The tension acquires a special urgency and importance when we notice that to speak in the public square (i.e. politics) is to speak to everyone.

1 Comment

  1. Mike M. said,

    December 6, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I think it is interesting that Vatican I happened and the session was ended in 1870 about when the unification of Italy occured under Garibaldi, which included the invasion of the Papal States (formerly about 1/3rd of Italy) militarily and the seige of Rome. Rome did not get back its status legally with Italy until I think the Concordat between Rome and Italy under Mussolinni decades later. Mike M.

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