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Title: Reason and Revelation according to Ramon Llull
Author(s): MAYER, Annemarie C.
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 92 Issue: 1 Date: 2016
The way how the relation between reason and revelation has been seen throughout the Middle Ages (and beyond) has been influenced to a great extent by Thomas Aquinas. Nevertheless, already during the lifetime of Aquinas, there have also been alternative suggestions. One of them has been made by the Catalan thinker Ramon Llull. He refuses to establish any dichotomy between the order of reason and that of revelation, and instead advocates the ‘demonstrability’ of the major articles of the Christian faith, not least for inter-religious reasons. In his Disputatio Fidei et Intellectus, Llull seeks to defend himself against the charge of being a ‘rationalist’, pointing out that a certain understanding of faith is needed to help faith survive. The tension between reason and revelation is a topic which also kept Jewish and Muslim thinkers busy at that time. This contribution investigates how Llull uses both certain commonly held convictions as well as obvious differences to enter into an inter-religious exchange with intellectuals of the other two monotheistic religions. According to Llull such clarifications on the relation of reason and revelation serve the common aim to come to know and worship God.