‘Faith’ Category Archives

18
Aug

RELIGION, REASON AND SCIENCE: how to not get confused about them.

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Faith, God, Science, Truth

Human beings are, potentially at least, rational beings.
It’s a work in progress for us, not open to inanimate creatures.
That fact we can know with certitude.
Upshots of that big certainty are some derivative certainties – the reality of God, the immortal soul of man and the actuality of Natural Moral Law.
These are rational certainties – not just probabilities or hypotheses.
Science and revealed religion are in a different league – both offer probabilities, sometimes useful, but never 100 per cent assurance.
What price the idea that science is the one way to truth?
It’s self-contradictory wishful thinking.
Well, can’t the same be said of revealed religion?
Perhaps there’s a difference – due to God being necessarily real and rational – which the objects addressed by science aren’t.
Could that make one’s religious experience trustworthy to a degree that scientific knowledge can’t be?

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30
Jul

A HISTORY LESSON: religion, midlife crisises and violence

by Arnold Jago in Faith, History, Jesus, Persecution, Truth

In the year 622AD, the Prophet Muhammad, a 52-year old preacher of peace, was gaining very few converts among his community in Mecca.
Should he just go on preaching until he got too old — or until perhaps irate unbelieving enemies killed him?
No. He changed tactics, moving north to Medina – now as a warlord – raiding, enforcing conversions, killing men, women and children.
Tactics still in use today….
In the year 29AD, Jesus Christ, aged 30-odd, a moderately successful preacher in rural Galilee, took his disciples south to confront his opposition in Jerusalem.
No violence – still simply preaching God’s “kingdom” and condemning hypocrisy.
These methods soon led to his death on a cross.
Which of these two teachers was strong and which was weak?
Today’s professing Christians seem weak.
Not so much because they fight badly, but because they compromise with secularism and hypocrisy….
Which includes the use of violence in ways incompatible with the gospel of their Founder.

13
Jul

AUSTRALIAN SEX PARTY AND THE CHURCHES: not on each others’ Christmas card list?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Faith, God, Modern Church, Money

The Australian Sex Party is calling for churches to lose their tax-exempt status.
An article headed: “Time to end unfair privilege of religion at tipping point” is currently on its website and has appeared in various newspapers.
Millions of dollars would be saved, they say – dollars spendable on government-run hospitals, schools, welfare etc.
But by knocking out volunteer-supported agencies, won’t we end up needing squillions more bureaucrats?
Anyway, it’s a thought-provoking proposal.
The article makes another suggestion: “It’s time to take religion out of politics….”
Yes, why not stop religious people expressing opinions?
Isn’t real politics about opportunity-grabbing, back-stabbing, power-mongering, poll-watching and looking after one’s mates?
Who wants to hear about God, virtue and absolute values?
All that is, for some at least, an unwelcome intrusion.

4
Jul

AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION: moves towards a religion-free state.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Faith, God, Media, Multiculturalism

The Catholic Church’s credibility is at a low ebb.
Which is at least partly self-inflicted.
That might please many people with control over our money, our media and our school curriculums.
The ones who despise Jesus Christ himself and what he stands for.
By threats and emotional blackmail, they chase Catholic belief — even the notion of natural moral law — out of the public debate.
Currently, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation seems to be phasing religion out of its air-waves.
The ABC’s executive producer of religion, Jane Jeffes, has been told she is “potentially redundant”
For semi-practising Christians, let’s make all this a learning opportunity.
For starters, let’s attend Sunday Mass regularly — top priority, without fail.
Weekdays too, if possible.
And, every day, live a very self-disciplined, very unselfish and cheerfully outspoken life.

29
Jun

THE CENSUS AND RELIGION: faith and the average Australian.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Faith, Multiculturalism, Truth

The Census says Australia’s biggest religious category is now “no religion”.
But isn’t saying you have “no religion” a lie – or at least a misunderstanding?
If religion means a “system of faith”, then we’ve all got one.
You get out of bed. You put faith in the floor remaining a reality while you’re putting faith in its support.
“No-religion” persons often put faith in the “certainty” of science.
Yet the thing most certain about science is that it can’t give certainty.
Tomorrow science will tell us that what it said today was wrong.
Our other objects of worship – money, sport, sex etc. – are fleeting distractions.
Far from certainty, they give you dumbing-down.
Anybody willing to spare some time can think his way through to three basic certainties:
(1) God exists.
(2) Our souls are immortal.
(3) There is a Natural Moral Law distinguishing good from evil.

12
Jun

EUTHANASIA: remembering why it is wrong and trying not to be side-tracked.

by Arnold Jago in Death, Ethics, Faith, Health, Modern Church

Some politicians still want euthanasia legalised.
The arguments they put up are based, not on reason, but on emotion.
They avoid defining the words they use.
The term “assisted dying” is especially confusing.
It sounds like being nice to someone who is already passing away.
But, in practice, it means murdering somebody.
Traditional Christian teaching does define its terms.
“An act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator….” *
Caring for the dying and disabled can be expensive in terms of money, time, love and compassion.
Do we care enough to make the effort – refusing to resort to intended killing?
(* Catholic Catechism, 2277)