By Carl F. Starkloff
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I should also note of Gilson a point often overlooked by some neoscholastics who tended to treat “faith and reason” as entirely separate categories, that Gilson (following Aquinas) always recognized the priority of faith and revelation. (See his introduction (Gilson, 1955, 3-6) That Gilson himself never gave in to this dichotomy gives us an example of one who, within the synthesis, recognized revelation as a criterion. He writes, If the essence of the Christian message had been “corrupted” into a philosophy as early as the second century, Christianity would have soon ceased to exist as a religion and, consequently, there could be no history of Christian philosophy to relate.
The Carolingian Renaissance beginning in the middle of the eighth century syncretized a military idealism with a religious one, destined to become the age of chivalry. Charlemagne would develop the theocratic ideal beyond the Byzantine style and along Teutonic lines, but there would be a far more intensified struggle between Church and State ensuing from this by the end of the first millennium. Out of all this amalgam was growing the twofold syncretistic thrust that we shall study further: the many ordering tendencies of monastic intellectual and cultural preservation as well as the vagaries of popular religiosity.
Although one should exercise some “suspicion” about the potential “Christendom” character of this aspiration, it is a high example of a metaxic hope to establish order in history. Within “the Golden Age of Scholasticism,” we need address here only the two great figures of Bonaventure and Thomas Aquinas. The labors of Bonaventure, in one aspect, anticipate the work of Bernard Lonergan, by establishing love as the connecting link between reason 50 A Theology of the In-Between and faith, Bonaventure’s doctrine being characterized by his famous phrase, “the itinerary of the soul toward God” (Gilson, 1959, 332).
A Theology of the In-Between: The Value of Syncretic Process (Marquette Studies in Theology, #33.) by Carl F. Starkloff