Richness of Thought

In Catholic, Christianity on April 5, 2009 at 11:53 pm

Christianity Richly can be described in many ways.  In some cases richness is described by analogy, as in Psalm 63:5, “My soul shall be filled as with rich food.” In other cases, we directly experience richness through Christian art, architecture, and music. In other circumstances, we sense great richness—even if only momentarily—as worship transcends our “earthbound-ness” and takes us to the edge of the eternal.

Disciplined thought also ranks among the great riches of Christianity, although this treasure is sometimes undervalued within the Church, and almost entirely discounted outside her.  Yet the world is going to need disciplined, Catholic thought to survive the next few centuries, if Christ does not return in the interim. Why?  Because unthinking Christianity is an ineffective witness against the onslaught of evil the world faces.

This thought struck me this morning, as I was reading Janet Smith’s, Humanae Vitae a Generation Later.  After 100 pages of carefully reasoned preparation, she writes, “Human life is such a great good that it is considered to be an intrinsic good (as opposed to an instrumental good).”  

There you have it, in 22 words: the answer to the abortion controversy; the answer to euthanasia and assisted suicide; the answer to medical cost/benefit analysis, and much more.

Disciplined thought.  Christianity Richly.

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