Nairobi, 18 September, 2020 / 10:40 pm (ACI Africa).
The representative of the Holy Father in Kenya and South Sudan has, on the occasion of the graduation ceremony at the Consolata Institute of Philosophy (CIP) in Nairobi, highlighted the need to integrate faith and science in finding a solutions to human challenges including COVID-19 pandemic.
“If we reason only within the limits of the sciences with the hope of finding solutions to problems like the COVID-19, without having room for spiritual space, we will not grasp the ultimate meaning of our purpose, of things and our problems,” Archbishop Bert van Megen said Friday, September 18 during CIP’s 46th Graduation Ceremony in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.
Archbishop van Megen explained the need for both faith and reason in interpreting human challenges saying, “This is because human beings, endowed with intelligence and love, and drawn by the fullness of Christ, are called to lead all creatures back to their creator.”
“I want to challenge scientists and some of you with extreme philosophical minds, that it cannot be maintained that philosophical signs can provide a comprehensive clarification on the human problems devoid of faith,” the Apostolic Nuncio said.
“This two, faith and reason, interact in concert towards the quest of the reality as a whole,” the Dutch Prelate said during the virtual graduation ceremony that was held under the theme, “The Role of Philosophy in the Reconstruction of post-pandemic Society.”