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Friday, July 22, 2016

The Pure Truth and Logic of the Catholic Faith

As said, there is the first main reason for validity of the Catholic faith, which is its thought out, systematic, and intellectual nature. From its first days in the Early Church, Catholic thinkers have used the great minds of Aristotle, Plato and Plotinus to understand their religion. The logic of Catholicism has two parts: first, the logic of the faith. Second, the application of logic to the faith.

One of the greatest thinkers of human history was born in an Italian castle in 1225 AD. He was to write significant works reconciling a logical approach with the Catholic religion. To do so, he wrote a massive collection of volumes known as the Summa Theologicae. The man of who I speak was Thomas Aquinas. Now, this book itself is a huge accomplishment, however, nothing within it can compare to the Five Ways. In short, the Five Ways are five proofs for the existence of God coming from an Aristotelian perspective. Reading two things, one will notice two things: first, they are not an easy read. (following the fine Thomistic style of writing in an esoteric manner) Second, they are extremely rational. Though one can disagree with them, they are respectable in their truth, and constructing an argument against them that lacks logical fallacy is not easy. (any argument that would correctly contradict the Five Ways would originate on some level from the Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, which though it is the most commonly held understanding, it is not the only one, nor is there even near a consensus in the scientific community.) These Five Ways are excellent reasons to believe in God and especially for the time they were written, exemplify what human thought can be. Other great arguments for God have come from the Church, including Saint Anselm's Ontological argument. In short, the Catholic church has been the creator of the best arguments for a God.

Not only do the best and longest lasting proofs for God come from the Catholic Church, (although William Lane Craig has been a strong fan of arguments from Islam) thinkers like Aquinas and Augustine have built significant arguments for the divinity of Christ, the Trinity, and other basic Christian dogmas. Now, this has an underlying cause: Catholic theology leads to and requires a strong intellectual tradition focused on apologetics. Popes have often stated that God's existence is not only provable, but understandable through natural logic on its own. Of course revealed religion is needed for the Trinity and other mysteries, but to believe in God, it is stipulated that one just requires logic.
(On a side note, it is very ironic that in the film Contact, the protagonist uses Ockham's Razor as an argument against God, considering first that William of Ockham was a strong Catholic, but also that God is considered generally to be the most simple thing. (at least by Aquinas' deffiniton)

Needless to say, there is a lot more information on Christian Apologetics and the Catholic contribution than one can fit in one small piece of writing.

Not only is the faith itself logical, whenever problems or questions arise, logic is applied to the situation.

Transubstantiation is a prime example. Of the three main catholic-minded faiths, Catholicism, Orthodoxy, and Anglicanism, (use of branch theory is not always very tasteful) only the Roman Catholic Church has actually found a proper systematic explanation of the Eucharist. While the Orthodox and Anglicans have ideas, they remain vague, stipulating that "at some point" there is a change. (if one needs an argument for the Real Presence, one can either just see that all Christian denominations that hold to Apostolic Succession (wether or not they have it is a different question) believe in the real presence. The only groups that do not believe in it are actually Low Church Protestant sects, which are tiny minorities of World Christianity.

Further, for things such as miracles, canonization, exorcism, and any other thing dealing with the super-natural aspects of the Faith, there are very specific rules for how they are dealt with. Many miracles, Marian Sightings and similar things are not accepted. It is not easy to confirm a miracle, and the church does not try to make every cool thing that happens into a miracle.

In conclusion, not only is the Catholic Faith logical, it is also capable and willing to apply logic to its own processes and situations. Unlike purely mystical religions, they do not see a man with a tail as a cause to think he is a god. When a miracle is confirmed by the Catholic Church, or a Saint is canonized, you can be pretty sure that they did their homework on the chap or on the situation. In fact, the term Devil's Advocate comes from a particular individual who has the job of arguing against the canonization of somebody.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

5 reasons for moving to the Mother Church

Perhaps, here it would be a good place to write a not-so brief explanation about why I am moving to the Roman Church.

Because there are so many reasons to go back to the Holy Mother Church, I will try to give this in 5 big-tent reasons:
1. Pure Logical Truth
2. Vincentian Canon
3. The Fruits of the Church
4. Pre-eminence of the Church
5. Continuity and Reality of the Church

These are 5 basic groupings of reasons that I think are important for moving over to the Catholic church. Now, there are myriad other reasons, but these are those that seem to be the most relevant. Each of these reasons will get an individual posting so as to make them more useful to read.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Nihil Obstat?

Indeed. This site is a depository of various articles, essays and other such things that I may write over time. How can I speak of these if Aquinas died without wishing to finish his Summa? Indeed, to try to be humble about these articles would be a breaking of humility to such a great Doctor of the church. It is better not to even try to do that, though I guess I started. At the same time, if one has the time and the ability to write, what excuse is there not to do so?