Thursday, May 05, 2005

There is Hope! (I knew it)

Check out this article in the U.S. News and World Report, that documents the rising trend of orthodoxy in my generation. At least they're admitting it! Yay for the children of the baby boomers!

Today's younger generation sees how disappointed and sad their parents are because of the sexual revolution and liberalism in general. The answer? Turn back to orthodoxy and get the happiness your parents couldn't offer you with the secular salvation of their generation.


At 9:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 8:50 AM, Anonymous Luke (from Pembroke) said...

I smiled when I noticed, at the end of the article, the information on the young Catholic man who was the centerpiece of the article: his college degree is a BA from Thomas Aquinas College, like myself. It just goes to show that though we are few, we TACers are set to take over and change the world.
(Nice blog... heard about it from my sister... keep up the good work and good luck with exams.)

At 10:29 PM, Anonymous tobias said...


I am totally with you on the entire front as far as orthodoxy is concerned: without it, our life is a lie, and we and all who are affected by us suffer from this lie.

Nevertheless, I can't help thinking how little orthodoxy in itself does. It is just a condicio sine qua non. To know the truth is not sufficient in order to live according to it. And theology, even the best theology, is not yet a lived Christian faith. Just like ethics: you can teach perfect ethics, but that does not guarantee that you live it.

No doubt you agree on all this. It's most likely just a matter of emphasis. But maybe it is more. You will tell me.

In my view, orthodoxy is a consequence of the experience of the faith. The apostles first had the experience of Christ's presence, and only then was there a need to make clear within which doctrinal boundaries this experience is to be described.

The only 'danger' I see in putting orthodoxy in the forefront of Christian discourse is that we end up with a doctrine without necessarily understanding what this doctrine is an answer to.

Hence it is so important to experience the human need in order to understand in which way Christ and the Church is an answer to it, rather than having an answer to a question that is no longer felt by the people who surround us, and most of the times also by ourselves.

In case this sounds too "Giussanian": I was quite astounded in my recent studies that Aquinas insists on the content of faith as an experience and not merely as a doctrine already in the first question of his Summa (cf. Ia, 1, 6, ad 3).

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