Thursday, March 13, 2008

Catholicism opposed to the reduced vision of modernity
Arturo makes more good points
1. Does the lack of hegemony of the Church in most fields of human knowledge mean that our religiosity is now more superficial than it used to be centuries ago?

2. Does this superficiality in the Church lead to our emphasis on the
Magisterium as a legal body that ties together a set of propositions and practices that otherwise would be completely arbitrary in themselves?
I think Fr Methodius recently pointed out the difference between something secular, in which the faith and classical liberalism agree on the autonomy of the sciences including economics (you don’t have to be a priest to teach physics), and secularist, an anti-religious worldview (which unlike the religious one requires blind faith!).

The magisterium (a specifically Roman understanding of the infallible church) matters but good point.
How many people walk into a church nowadays and feel that they are being presented in the building, the religious images, the chant, and the congregation united in prayer, with an image of the transfigured cosmos, with the key to the ultimate nature of reality?
The Catholic view.
Or are we going to church because it gives us warm and fuzzy feelings, it gives us a moral bulwark for our lives, it keeps us “informed” about Jesus, it gives us good advice on how to be a decent citizens, or because it saves our souls in a dry, legalistic, and atomized manner? The fact that we expect nothing more than these things does not bode well for our future.

We cannot reject the ideas of natural selection, atoms, superstrings, the Big Bang, and all the other theories that the modern liberal world view has produced.
I and other Catholics would say they, including theistic evolution, don’t contradict your first description of church.

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