Averroes on Types of Believers

Averroes described three types of believers. He is of course speaking of Muslims, but I wonder if the description wouldn’t apply to Christians as well? David Knowles summarizes the views of Averroes as follows:

He himself distinguished three classes of believers. There is the ordinary, uncultured man, who is only capable of, and is satisfied by, authoritative and emotional arguments: for him there is the bare and literal word of revelation. Next, there is the moderately educated man, the dialectician and theologian, who is satisfied with probable or persuasive arguments. Finally, there is the rare and highly intelligent man, the philosopher, who needs absolute demonstration.

 

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