He sees no conflict between them because revelation and science and philosophy complement each other. Being a learned man and one acquainted with Platonic philosophy, Saint Augustine believed that such a philosophy, which revolves around the One and the multiple, essence and manifestation, anticipated the coming of Jesus and the revelation of the true faith (God being One and three at the same time). He also believed that, if the teachings of the Bible were taken literally and they contradicted reason, the teachings of the Bible should rather be interpreted metaphorically in order to capture their true sense.
It can be
said that St. Augustine apparently saw no conflict between faith and reason
because he saw, both, faith and reason as ways (not mutually exclusive) at
arriving at what can be considered as truth.
And, because nothing can be considered true and false at the same time,
faith and reason will always exist in accordance with each other, and because of that,
there can be no conflict.
He backs up reason w/ faith and vice versa w/ faith which he backs up w/ reason
Well, this is tricky, he puts faith into reason. Almost like cause and effect. So he’ll give reasons that back up his faith. And faith that is backed up by reason, get it?
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