On Christmas Day of 2017, Peter Wehner, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, published an op-ed in the New York Times in which he argued on the basis of Jesus’ teaching that, while faith and doubt are complementary, faith is nevertheless superior to doubt as a guide to life, thought, and morality. As a corollary, Wehner argues that faith is consequently also superior to both doubt and reason for such purposes. For the purposes of this reply, I will assume that Wehner intends for his argument to apply to both comparisons synonymously: faith vs. doubt, faith vs. reason. This equivalence is justified by Wehner’s own argument. The problem with Wehner’s argument is that it undermines itself if we attempt to apply it in contexts other than the purely individual and idios
Pope Francis has issued important pronouncements on (1) the morality of voluntarily choosing to remain childless – many prefer the term “child-free,” but I won’t quibble – and more recently (2) on admitting divorced-and-remarried couples to receive Communion. (This is the original PDF for the latter.) If you are confused by the combination of these two statements, I would counsel you to take heart: your brain probably works just fine; you are most likely just well-informed. In fact, and not to put too fine a point on it, if you really can reconcile (1) and (2) without ruffling a single intellectual feather, you can be certain that something is wrong with your understanding of at least one. (To paraphrase Niels Bohr about quantum theory, if it doesn’t seem strange to you, then you don’t
Genesis 1:1-2, 2:7 1:1 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.
2:7 then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.
Amos 8:11 The time is surely coming, says the Lord God, when I will send a famine on the land; not a famine of bread, or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.
Have you ever been unable to breath? I mean you just couldn’t get air into your lungs. I have several friends who suffer from Asthma and they tell me it is the most frightening thing to happen to them. Without air we can’t live. It is the first requi