Fides et Ratio (Faith and Reason)

In a prior video, Apocalypse Deferred, E. Michael Jones, editor of Culture Wars magazine, challenged Cardinal Raymond Burke's claim that Christians and the Muslims worship a different God. Many viewers disagreed with Dr. Jones. In this video he defends his position in part by referring to the 1998 encyclical Fides et Ratio by Pope John Paul II. He explains the concept that God is Logos, which means reason and includes the law of non-contradiction. If you violate the law of non-contradiction you violate God who is Logos.

America is riddled with violations of Logos from its beginning, causing Americans to be unable to talk with others meaningfully. Islam also has not been able to deal with its own contradictions and violations of Logos. Dr. Jones proposes a way through this impasse by suggesting we recover the Greek philosophy that Augustine used to direct his Christian theology. Ironically Dr. Jones says the beginning of the rejection of true philosophy and reason began with the follower of Augustine, Martin Luther. From there philosophy dead ended with the son of a Lutheran pastor, Friedrich Nietzche, and Michel Foucault.

Today President Trump and the American government are manifesting that they can not communicate and reason well enough to govern properly without resorting to unnecessary force. With the nations in the Middle East are in a similar predicament. We have a real problem unless we can discover a much better way to talk with each other.

Apocalypse Deferred

Dr. E. Michael Jones attended the 6th International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada on February 21st and 22nd in Tehran . The theme was "Together Supporting Palestine."

Dr. Jones discusses the importance of developing a "lingua franca" or common language between Catholics/Christians and the Iranian Muslims. He argues that the english language with its attachment to English ideology cannot free itself from its strong tendency to be more the language of business and war than theology and philosophy.

The classical Greek concept of logos along with the new testament koine Greek concept of logos provides the lingua franca for dialogue with the Iranian Muslims because of their unique past history with sound philosophy. But for the last 1400 years the Muslim world has failed to find ways to achieve unity through dialogue. Instead they have been 'forced' to resort to force because long ago their Muslim 'philosophy' violated the law of non-contradiction and thus they believe and behave more on will and not reason.

The title 'Apocalypse Deferred' refers to National Security Advisor Michael Flynn being fired by President Trump after misleading Vice-President Pence and for advocating for war with Iran.