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Title: Religions: Towards a Different Paradigm
Author(s): KELLY, James J.
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 27    Issue: 3   Date: fall 2002   
Pages: 306-334
DOI: 10.2143/LS.27.3.942

Abstract :
In its approach The Dutch Catechism situated faith and its answers within the context of the common human quest for the meaning of existence. However, the authors of the catechism sense some unease to this approach within Roman Catholicism and proceed to assure us that this questioning does not imply 'a non-Christian attitude. It simply means that ... Christians, are people with enquiring minds.' The inclusion of this cautionary note congers up a climate within Catholicism, where the separation between faith, imagination and reason had grown so wide that the posing of questions, even the most fundamental of all human questions about the meaning of life, is viewed with suspicion and construed by some as incompatible with faith. On this point The Dutch Catechism was and remains a clarion call to believers who wish also to remain true to their humanity, to continue a questioning and imaginative approach to their faith and religion. To paraphrase the words of the Dutch Catechism: we must always be ready to explain how our faith is an answer to questions about the meaning of life.

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