Puffed up atheist hopes to “educate” ignorant Christian fundamentalists.

by Doug Lawrence

Atheist Susan Jacoby scours the world for religious extremists, carefully noting their obvious errors, and then dutifully attributes those erroneous beliefs to all people of faith, everywhere. Then, using her “magic education bullet” she offers secular atheism as the only obvious solution for all the ills of the world.

What a crock!

Jacoby’s own, limited, secular education has failed to equip her with the ability to understand people of faith, let alone authentic Catholicism, which is grounded not only in faith and reason, through the world’s oldest, most inclusive, and most successful tradition of genuine academic and theological scholarship … but also in the literal, historical person of Jesus Christ, who claimed to be God, and then went on to prove it, by raising himself up from the dead.

Jacoby uses statistics to support her position, which essentially describes an inverse relationship between education/intelligence and religious faith.

Then, she attempts to conveniently redefine the term, “mystery” in order to strip it of any true meaning. In this, the woman definitively proves that she doesn’t know what she doesn’t know!

Ms. Jacoby, Catholics are taught to know the difference between things that are merely not yet understood, and things that will forever remain beyond human comprehension. For us, there is no real conflict, because our faith informs us that knowing God, we will also one day, know the heretofore unknowable. In the mean time, we Catholics take great joy in such things, and even put them to a very practical purpose.

From the Catholic Encyclopedia:

  • Taking the word “sacrament” in its broadest sense, as the sign of something sacred and hidden (the Greek word is “mystery”), we can say that the whole world is a vast sacramental system, in that material things are unto men the signs of things spiritual and sacred, even of the Divinity. “The heavens show forth the glory of God, and the firmament declareth the work of his hands” (Psalm 18:2). The invisible things of him [i.e. God], from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made; his eternal power also, and divinity” (Romans 1:20).
  • The redemption of man was not accomplished in an invisible manner. God renewed, through the Patriarchs and the Prophets, the promise of salvation made to the first man; external symbols were used to express faith in the promised Redeemer: “all these things happened to them [the Israelites] in figure” (1 Corinthians 10:11; Hebrews 10:1). “So we also, when we were children, were serving under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of time was come, God sent his Son, made of a woman” (Galatians 4:3-4). The Incarnation took place because God dealt with men in the manner that was best suited to their nature.
  • The Church established by the Savior was to be a visible organization (see CHURCH: The Visibility of the Church): consequently it should have external ceremonies and symbols of things sacred.
  • The principal reason for a sacramental system is found in man. It is the nature of man, writes St. Thomas (III:61:1), to be led by things corporeal and sense-perceptible to things spiritual and intelligible; now Divine Providence provides for everything in accordance with its nature (secundum modum suae conditionis); therefore it is fitting that Divine Wisdom should provide means of salvation for men in the form of certain corporeal and sensible signs which are called sacraments. (For other reasons see Catech. Conc. Trid., II, n.14.)

“Signum sacro sanctum efficax gratiae”

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