Reasonable since 1963? Yeah you didn’t want to deal with American Atheists before that date when they were unreasonable.
Now I like the Catholic Leagues response billboard, but it could have been better. I would have addressed the topic of reason.
Jesus is the Reason for the Season and you can KNOW him via REASON.
The atheist’s thrust of celebrating reason and almost making an idol of it is that the atheistic worldview can not even account for reason or knowledge. To reduce the world to only the material and our actions to material processes and our thoughts the result of electrochemical processes utterly fails in relating to reality. Many atheists even deny free will and then will argue with you to change your mind in a failure to see the irony. The world is intelligible because there was an intelligence behind it. Reason if anything is evidence for the existence of God.
This atheistic worldview which denies the possibility that believers are using reason to come to their view is what causes them to create sneering billboards with the smarmy attitude “We use reason!!!” Theology as “faith seeking understanding” does not fit their universe of believers and stereotype of “blind faith.”
To what extent are we responsible for the stereotype of “blind faith”?
Do we praise the Saints enough when they exercise their reason and prudence? When our young ones show interest in theology, do we encourage them or do we dismiss them and using the words “budding theologian” derisively to cover our own ignorance? When our aquaintences challenge points of our faith, do we read apologetics or do we dismiss apologetics as dry and uncaring? Do we feel more comfortable being thought of as having blind faith than we do being thought of as pedantic and irrelevant?
Do we use reason and observation to help us plan our families generously and naturally? Or do we eschew reason and promote “providence” as a superior lifestyle?
Here lies Atheism
go to hell
As far as blind honest faith is concern, trust me that “IT” will eventually change to a faith that will increase to where if you don’t slow yourselve down in some way, most people are going to start thinking that you’re really crazy cause to come close to understanding a little of God Our Heavenly Father is for crazy people cause that’s what we’ll become eventually if we don’t slow “IT” down, well that’s the way my thoughts see “IT” as of today.
Does that make any sense? 🙂
Funny how these “science and reason” folks still have an outdated graphic of an atom, particularly since much of what we know about atoms and their structure comes from “faith” and not direct observation.
Atheists consistently confuse “reason” and “materialist science.” It’s their narrow, culturally provincially definition of “reason” that blinds them. Fr. Philip, OP