One way to arrive at Augustine's view on faith and reason is to look at the accounts that appear in the standard histories of philosophy and theology by Martin Grabmann, Frederick Copleston, Maurice de Wulf, Etienne Gilson, Armand Maurer, Yves M.-J. Congar, R.A. Markus, and Walter Principe. These philosophers and theologians agree that Augustine is intellectually important because he harmonizes reason and revelation. My claim is that Augustine does not devote the systematic attention to faith and reason these historians propose and that such a reading tells us more about the puzzles and concerns of intellectuals in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries than about Augustine. He has other concerns, more occasional in nature, and it is to these concerns that we should tum if we are to appreciate Augustine.


The first annual Humanities Symposium was held Feb. 28-March 1, 1994. The Humanities Symposium was part of "Viva Humanitas," a yearlong series of programs celebrating the opening of the Jesse Philips Humanities Center in August 1993.



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