Monday, May 21, 2012

Pretty Sure This Isn't an Atheist

Checked out this entry on the Discovery Institute's site. It's by James Barham, a non-Christian "Darwin Doubter". He's a good writer, and most of what he says really seems to be more in line with Thomist style thought than Intelligent Design.

However, this stood out to me.

I'm ashamed to report that I remained a militant village-atheist for many years. It was only in my thirties that I began to read seriously in the philosophy of religion, and to understand the complexities of theological questions. Today, I have come to recognize the cogency of the inference from the contingency of the world to a necessary being. But in saying that, I am, at best, affirming "the God of the philosophers," as Pascal famously put it. I still cannot see my way to believing in "the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob." Nevertheless, I find myself in greater personal sympathy with many religious believers than with most atheists.
While I can sympathize with him, I have to say... if he believes in the God of the philosophers, an atheist he is not. Maybe he's miscommunicating himself here - say, thinking that there is a necessary being, a non-material being, but nevertheless not God. But if he's affirming the God of the philosophers, no, he's not an atheist. He's just some strange manner of theist. (Strange meaning compared to most of the population.)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Yet another case of bad compromise...

Ever notice how the pattern of 'compromise' in cases like these always involves the Church or traditionalist institution giving up some ground, and the liberals gaining some?

I suppose here you can say, "But the diocese stood up, right? They said no officials from the organization could speak, and that the Church's views were to be respected, right?" Yes, that's what they said. But what they said didn't line up with what they did.

The award should not have been presented there. Or better yet, a real compromise should have been reached - the award should have been presented in conjunction with a statement of the full Catholic teaching regarding same-sex attraction, and the difference between accepting people who are different and endorsing the choices they make, or the identities they take on.