Doubt and Catholicism

It amazes me how many words can be produced by one man’s troubles. Al Kimel has written a superb look at doubt and the Catholic faith, drawing primarily upon Newman, as a response to Rod Dreher’s bombshell. Especially see the lengthy comments below the essay, where at least one commenter makes the link between “crunchy conservatism” and this potential leap to Orthodoxy. I think that’s exactly right, based on the aestheticism that underlies both.

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5 Responses to “Doubt and Catholicism”


  1. 2 Edmund C. May 10, 2006 at 3:42 pm

    I don’t like what he had to say about papal infallibility. While it has indeed been a “PR disaster,” I think that’s more because people simply don’t want to accept it, rather than that it doesn’t exist. It is not just an acknowledgment of the need for an ultimate authority, but actually defines that the Pope cannot teach error when speaking authoritatively (carefully stated to be ex cathedra) about faith and morals.

    But, his statement about creationism is, while a little bit blunt, spot on:

    “Religion needs science to keep it away from superstition and keep it close to reality, to protect it from creationism, which at the end of the day is a kind of paganism – it’s turning God into a nature god. And science needs religion in order to have a conscience, to know that, just because something is possible, it may not be a good thing to do.”

  2. 3 Jeff May 10, 2006 at 4:35 pm

    I found it interesting that the Pope has astronomers. To my knowledge, there are many folks on the payroll of the PCUSA but not many astronomers.

  3. 4 Ed May 10, 2006 at 4:50 pm

    Oh yeah, we’ve got astronomers…. They don’t always make the most orthodox theological statements, though.

  4. 5 Bekah May 10, 2006 at 5:24 pm

    In the great tradition of Saints Melchior, Gaspar, and Baltasar.


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