All That I Have Written Is Straw. . .

Meanderings of a Catholic Devout

Faith is God’s greatest gift to man.

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As the existentialists say, “If God does not exist, then the universe has no meaning. And if there is no meaning, why would my life have meaning?” And relativists say, “Because my life has no meaning (by way of existentialist thought), then I have to assign it meaning — whatever I want it to mean.” I now finally understand Voltaire’s phrase, “Si Dieu n’existait pas, il faudrait l’inventer.” In a way, he was a clever man to retreat from the pyschological fallout that Sartre, Nietzsche, et al, would cause for the world.

I understand why people have such a hard time with the idea of God and it’s perfectly natural to doubt. But I don’t understand those who insist that faith is beyond reason. I know that my professors would insist that “faith presupposes reason,” but that doesn’t quite explain it in lay terms.

Science is not the definition of reason, by the way.  It’s only the application of reason and it’s only one example. If science cannot explicate something doesn’t mean that it’s not natural. Natural law seems to follow this conception — there are things that we, humans, just cannot not know. But I won’t get into a digressed discourse on natural law just yet.  What I mean to say is that we are readily willing to admit that science hasn’t figure “it” all out yet. Are we expecting it to answer for everything? People debate often against the idea of faith because of what science hasn’t yet proven or disproven. Pursuing happiness isn’t entirely explainable by science. Attraction isn’t explainable. Why do some people love brown eyes more than blue? By which objective variable exactly would science use in its hypothesis and testing of that?

Science will never account for the whole of everything because it is merely a part of the whole. Science will never be able to “prove” God because God is not found within the limited confines of science. Logically, this would be like an apple seed trying to explain the constructs of the apple tree from which it fell. It may only be able to make a good attempt at explaining the apple itself, but it will only be speculation of where the apple whence came. 

God is not entirely knowable by his creations; logically, we would never be able to know God without violating the very definition of God. . . the whole cannot be bigger than the sum of its parts. You cannot define a word by using the very same word in its own definition. You cannot define, confine, or refine God’s love.

I don’t mean to give science a bad rep. I love science and the fruits of it, too. Yet, like other things, people substitute science for a god, as much as money, or power. I get frustrated, though, when people pit science against faith because it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison. Faith is a gift, not a result of reason and it cannot be earned. Science is merely a part of logical inductions or deductions (reason). Ironically, these same people have faith in science. And that’s fine, because faith shouldn’t contradict reason. “La coeur a ses raisons que la Raison ne connaît pas.” (Pascal).


Written by Written Straw

July 10, 2012 at 11:59 am

Posted in Faith

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