Council of Trent and Reason in Religion


Councilof Trent and Reason in Religion

Councilof Trent and Reason in Religion

TheCouncil of Trent is considered as one of the most fundamentalcouncils in the Roman Catholic Church history. It made quite a numberof decisions for the church in the course of the years in sessionwith the sole aim of establishing the conventions and doctrines thatwould guide the church and correct the corruption that was rifewithin it. Perhaps the most significant decision that the church madein its sessions was in the 3rdsession when it stated that the Vulgate was the valid and theauthentic text. The decision underlined the fact that the ReceivedText would be rejected (Wright,2000).The fundamental nature of this course of action or statement isunderlined by the fact that the Received Text is the one on which theKing James version of the bible was based, in which case it meantthat the King James version did not present an authentic and properaccount of events (Wright,2000).

Moreoften than not, reason and religion are seen as being at loggerheads. In the case of Kant, human beings have an innate naturalpredisposition to good, which is equally innate to their propensityfor evil. Whether human beings eventually become blameworthy orpraiseworthy depends on the manner in which they use free will thathas a natural orientation to both evil and good, rather than theirsensuous nature of their theoretical reason. Essentially, as much asit is legitimate to hope that the grace of god will help individualsin leading morally upright lives, it would be mere fanaticism tocontemplate that they can become good simply by soliciting graceinstead of freely making decisions to be of virtuous conduct.


Wright,A. D. (2000).&nbspTheearly modern papacy: From the Council of Trent to the FrenchRevolution, 1564-1789.Harlow, England: Longman.

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