Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Which religion?

The pagan in the jungle who understands sacrifices are necessary is closer to God than the modern materialist who says there is no God.
Right. The Aztec really believed in the sun god he cruelly offered a living man's heart to; we continue Christ's sacrifice minus cruelty with the Mass. St. Thomas Aquinas' five proofs for God the prime mover trump the atheist's nihilism (hopelessness) and lack of an answer for the universe and the way things are, so I'm a Catholic. Beats despairing and jumping off a bridge.

All the Protestant offers are excuses why he's not Catholic and an easily disprovable narrative that he alone rediscovered true Christianity ("and everybody got it wrong until our founder set things right; Jesus is sure lucky to have us"). Orthodox are obviously just an estranged, ethnic part of our family. Judaism? Tribal religion, and I'm not in the tribe; superseded by the New Covenant. Mohammedanism? Mormonism? Made up. So the church it is.
I can take the people that have good theological reasons for not being Catholic as long as the arguments are not based on historical and theological straw men. But most Christians today know nothing about Church history or they've only read the revisionist history propagated by their own denomination. And let's be honest, most people simply don't want to do the work required to honestly research any issue. But the reforms keep coming, in the way of "that's pagan" and what will supplant the liturgical year will continue to be a gross simplification and only market based. And all error comes from gross simplifications. Take every single historical heresy...they all stem from gross simplifications. Islam is a gross simplification of Christianity. Mormonism and Hinduism might be the ONLY two religions I can think of that aren't over-simplifications.
As I like to say, I respect principled high churchmen who don't quite accept Catholicism. Men like Bob Hart and Peter Robinson. As long as it's not just bigotry, culture masquerading as theology. Somebody once wrote that heresy often is an attempt to simplify some Christian doctrine. Fr. Serge Keleher once told me over dinner that in small-o orthodoxy there is tension; heresy is trying to relieve that.

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