“Faith and reason,” St. John Paul II wrote, “are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.”
In the School of Arts and Sciences at The Catholic University of America, we believe that faith frees us in our pursuit of truth. It expands our horizons. It challenges us to ask big questions about the human person, creation, and our place in the world. And it emboldens us to encounter with charity and respect perspectives other than our own. We do so with full confidence that we will find a deep harmony between the truth we discover by reason and the truths we believe by faith, knowing that the source of all truth cannot contradict itself.
At the same time, we believe that the knowledge we discover through research can lead us to know and love God better. All of creation speaks of its Creator, so the more we discover about our world and ourselves, the more we can understand about the God who made us.
Finally, our faith informs not only what we study but also why we study. We believe that all of us are made to know, love, and serve God and to love our neighbor as ourselves. And so, as a Catholic research university, we place all of our studies and the knowledge we discover at the service of God, our neighbor, and our society.