In the very beginning of Lumen Fidei, the new encyclical by Pope Francis, he mentions Nietzsche and how Nietzche encouraged his sister to seek new paths saying “this is where humanity’s paths part: if you want peace of soul and happiness, then believe,to be a follower of truth, then seek.” Pope Francis interprets Nietzche’s words as meaning “Belief would be incompatible with seeking.”
I have a couple of questions.
Is Nietzche the person who ignited the cultural pitting of faith against reason? Was this the precursor to modern day’s animosity toward faith, the reason society has driven a wedge between science and faith, portraying them as antagonists instead of compatible partners of necessity? Did Nietzche open the flood gates for scientists to reject faith?