Faith and knowledge are divine in nature and complimentary methods of understanding God and the world. Reason and faith are, therefore, not contradictory at all. Faith, being divine, is above reason in the hierarchy of truth . . . This argument is not accepted by modern secular thought since faith cannot be proven. It is beyond proof. If it could be proven, it would be a philosophy. To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary; to one without faith, no explanation is possible. Reason further supports faith but it does not give a foundation of approval. Our deepest notions of truth, liberty, conscience, equality, and compassion are derived from a Jewish/Christian civilization which accepts the complementarity of faith and reason.
St. Thomas Aquinas
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