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Countless volumes have been written on these questions, and I have no intention of rehearsing the controversies or taking sides. Both perspective contain valid elements. Catholic thinkers from the Patristic period have held that God is present to the mind, unthematically and amorphously, right from the start, as the source of wonder, the engine driving inquiry, the criteria by which we judge truth from falsehood, and the direction toward which inquiry ultimately moves. This view is more characteristic of the Augustinian-Bonaventuran tradition.
Indeed, it is the spirit within one that motivates and directs this selfdevelopment. Central to the academic side of this formation is a broad education in all the arts and sciences and an understanding of the unity of all knowledge. Students in a university need an encyclopedic knowledge of all academic disciplines in their interrelations and unity. The root meaning of encyclopedia comes from the Greek words encyclos (circle) and paideia (or learning and formation in the liberal arts and sciences as a whole).
7 Were it not for the Truth within us, we could never pronounce judgment regarding the truth or falsity of any theorem or conclusion. The eternal Logos, in Augustine’s thought, is that Truth. 8 Inquiry must take us beyond knowledge of the natural world in itself. Whatever subject matter the scholar attends to and loves, he must move beyond it to the wisdom of God, which is the true culmination of his progress in knowing. Augustine here implies a dynamism in the human mind that leads ever toward God, regardless of the subject matter one studies.
Academic Freedom and the Telos of the Catholic University by Kenneth Garcia (auth.)