My faith is rooted in events which actually took place, at particular points in time and space. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 269, 304, 450, 2568, 2584)
A few of these events are - unique: like the virginal conception of Jesus. It's been fashionable to dismiss the Incarnation as 'myth,' or a convenient lie told by the apostles. (Catechism, 498)
A few decades back, 'intelligent' folks sometimes said that the early disciples of Jesus were motivated by greed: which is why they lied about the Incarnation and Resurrection. That almost made sense, since around that time some televangelists were making out like gangbusters: financially and otherwise.
Oddly, asking why 1st-century Christians would have made claims that practically guaranteed mockery and - in many cases - an unpleasant death: wasn't considered 'intelligent.'
Poughkeepsie doesn't exist, and that George Washington is a myth invented by Abraham Lincoln to justify the War Between the States.
But I believe that what happened, happened; and that Poughkeepsie really exists.
Oddly, saying that Jesus wasn't real, or that he wasn't anything more than a political reformer, would probably let me be recognized as 'intelligent' these days. But saying that Lincoln invented Washington so he could start a war - - - come to think of it, if I stressed the 'white racist warmonger' angle, I might not be called crazy.
These are interesting times.
- "I Worship a Jew"
(April 3, 2011)
- "I Don't Understand the Incarnation: No Surprise There"
(January 12, 2011)
- "Reason, Faith and 'What Folks Know, that Just Ain't So' "
(June 4, 2010)
- "Good Friday, Catholic Beliefs, and Fitting In"
(April 3, 2010)
- "A Few Thoughts, After Leaving my Brain in Neutral"
(January 3, 2010)