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The convalescence of reason Print E-mail
By Joseph Ratzinger   
Thursday, 13 January 2011

[T]he Decalogue is not the private property of Christians or Jews; it is a sublime expression of moral reason, and as such it finds echoes in the wisdom of the other great cultures. To take the Ten Commandments as our criterion might be a tremendous help in healing reason so that “right reason” may once again get to work.
 
Faith does not make reason superfluous, but it can contribute evidence of essential values. Through the experiment of a life in faith, these values acquire a credibility that also illuminates and heals reason. In the last century (as in every century), it was in fact the testimony of the martyrs that limited the excesses of power, thus making a decisive contribution to what we might call the convalescence of reason.
 

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