An Academic Network
for the Promotion of Theology as a Science
on the Principles of Common Sense
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International Science and Commonsense Association
Mgr Prof. Antonio Livi, Founder and Current President
“Faith&Logic” deserves developing Theology as a Science through its Research Department, active from the year 2000, which includes A Program of Critical Reviews of All Current Theological Essays, and its own School of Theology, established in 2014 with the title of Free Academy for Theological Studies (FACTS). More information about FACTS is offered below.
Art. 1. The FACTS is an autonomous academic institution, whose aims will be early defined below. Since it is and will remain like an educational agency spontaneously promoted by some Catholic scholars, it does need neither an official permission by nor an agreement with ecclesiastical authorities (cf. Code of Canon Law, art. 3-5).
Art. 2. The purpose of the FACTS lies in a deeper theological education of the faithful, both lay and religious, so that they might give always reason to their faith (cf. 1 P 3, 15), that they might strengthen their apostolic work and, in particular, that they might participate in the evangelization of secular culture.
Art. 3. The FACTS offers a systematic treatment of Catholic doctrine, with a proper scientific method, as it draws from the Church’s authentic interpretation of Revelation offered in its living Magisterium. It promotes, furthermore, research on the responses to man’s questions, from a theological perspective—aided by the philosophical and human sciences as well as by other disciplines concerned with religious studies
Scientific Aims and Academic Roles
The course of studies operating at FACTS has three primary goals. Its first aim is the promotion of the religious formation of Catholic faithful in order that they might better participate in the task of evangelization of the secular world in which they live. This role emphasizes also the assumption of professional duties in ecclesial life and in the installation of a Christian sensibility in society. Its second goal is to prepare scholarly formed people for the many diverse lay and clergy ministries and services to the Church. And its third goal is to prepare teachers of Catholic religion for all school levels.
The courses promoted by the FACTS offer a new opportunity to participate in a deepening of the revealed truth with an eye to accompany an increase in faith of the people and the entire community.
The studies developed in FACTS, based on a scholarly adequate knowledge of the main tenets of Christian philosophy, offer the necessary logical elements to create a useful scientific synthesis between Christian faith and secularized culture in the different locales in which the Catholic Church exists and operates.
The academic staff of FACTS maintains that the main guidelines for reaching this scientific synthesis are the following:
The teaching of the Pope saint John Paul II, especially in the Encyclical Letter Fides et ratio, published in 1998 by. This important document of the contemporary Church’s Magisterium introduces the new theological concept of an ‘implicit philosophy’, which corresponds to the philosophical notion of ‘common sense’ and deserves to a renewed intelligence of Aquinas’ doctrine of ‘praeambula fidei’. On this basis, according to pope Karol Wojtyla, a dialogue between philosophical and theological understanding of reality is today possible as it was in the past eras of Christianity, from ancient to modern age.
The epistemological principles developed by Antonio Livi and his fellowship in the fields of inter-cultural communication, especially through the studies promoted by the ISCA (International Science and Commonsense Association).
The clear demarcation between authentic Christian theology and any kind of mere philosophical approach to Christian faith, which has to be considered as limited to a phenomenology of religious feeling or an idealistic metaphysics of immanence. This necessary distinction is expounded by Antonio Livi in his treatise Vera e falsa teologia. Come distinguere la vera “scienza della fede” da un’equivoca “filosofia religiosa”, Second Italian Edition, 2012 (Rome: Casa Editrice Leonardo da Vinci, 2012).
Ph.D. in Theology Degree
The FACTS academic program offers a full range of courses and degrees in Theology. The Ph.D. in Theology Degree is offered in either English, Italian or Spanish. It is a two-year intensive academic course of study, 120 ECTS credits. It is designed to accommodate students from any country in order to offer an opportunity for them to specialize academically in some theological discipline.
A major element of the Ph.D. in Theology Degree program is the writing of a master thesis on academic terms. It represents 30 credits. Each student works under the supervision of a tutor, who is the professor charged of the chair relative to the academic topic he has chosen for studying more deeply. The program also include a considerable reading and instruction program (90 credits).
The first year of the course offered by the FACTS assure the students of the full and complete formation in theology that prepares them for acquiring the scientific method proper to the discipline, and of offering original scholarly contribution. The second year of the course offers the experience of some principal elements of theology and both their necessary philosophical presuppositions and their complementary social scientific ones.