The Inner Life – July 09, 2024 – Faith and Reason

IL: Fr. Jim Goins joins Patrick to discuss Faith and Reason

  • (7:13) What are the characteristics of Faith and reason from the Catholic Perspective?
  • (15:03) -What is the view of science from a Catholic perspective? 
  • Mark-Hebrews 11 is an incredible chapter talking about faith as it uses an evidence model.  He went to a developmentally disabled community years ago and found they have many questions regarding faith and God.

(21:44) Break 1

  • (22:49) -What are your thoughts on Fides et Ratio (Faith and Reason) encyclical?
  • Fr. Michael-What is the best way as clergy we can be open to faith and reason…especially when we have challenging people each and every day and keeping faith and reason.

(38:17) Break 2

  • (40:22) How do we resolve the tension b/w faith and reason?  
  • Pamela-The grandeur of the creativity of God is seen everywhere in human life and beyond and how could you not believe that.
  • John-The relationship b/w suffering and faith as I have prostate cancer and it increased my faith.


Patrick Conley was born, raised, and baptized in Wisconsin in a Protestant tradition. After meeting his wife, Kendra, through an Evangelical ministry at the University of Minnesota, they entered the Catholic Church in 2010. They listened to Relevant Radio, specifically The Inner Life, while preparing to enter the Church. Conley now holds a degree in theology from Oxford University and has served the Church in both academic theology and grassroots pastoral ministry. Conley teaches religion classes in a Catholic elementary school, serves as his parish Director of Religious Education, and is in formation for the permanent diaconate. He also hosts Practicing Catholic on Relevant Radio, exclusive to the Minneapolis area’s airwaves, and is a traveling presenter for the Catherine of Siena Institute apostolate. He lives in rural Wisconsin with his wife and their bulldogs, Georgie and Bingley.