In this episode of the Catholic Link podcast, Fr. Rob is joined by Fr. George Elliot and they talk about the intercession of the Saints. Fr. Rob bases his discussion on St. Paul’s letter to Timothy in 1 Timothy chapter 2. He also references the book Mediation and the Immediate God: Scriptures, the Church, and Knowing God by Edith M. Humphrey. They point out how mediation between us and God is more prevalent than we realize. Without our parents mediation, or the mediation of the people who came before us, we would not know God or have any relationship with him. So, therefore, the Saints have a special mediation to God for us to aid us on our earthly journey and help to gain unity with Christ that its ultimate fulfillment will come in the life to come.
Listen to the previous episode where Fr. Rob talks about Averroism, a school of medieval philosophy based on the application of the works of 12th-century Andalusian philosopher Averroes, a commentator on Aristotle, in 13th-century Latin Christian scholasticism. Fr. Rob explains that Averroeism understands religious truths as distinct from other “fill in the blank” truths one can think of. However, this is not the case. Truth cannot be applied to one case and not another. Truth has to be true across many disciplines. If there appears to be a discrepancy between religious truths, like scripture for example, and truths about outer space, one must not dismiss the religious truth as irrelevant. Rather, one must work hard to find a way to reconcile the two together. Afterall, all that we can know and observe originated in one God. St. Thomas Aquinas wrote against Averroeism in his book De unitate intellectus contra Averroistas.
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