Using Chesterton as a proper response to the idiocy encapsulated by PZ Myers and his ilk January 2, 2007Posted by Administrator in atheism, Catholicism, Smart People.
Said idiocy usually amounting to little more than the following:
Religion is evil
Religion’s adherents are stupid
Atheism is the only sensble way to view the universe.
Meanwhile, Chesterton has stomped this fooishness flat close to 100 years ago.
“To become a Catholic is not to leave off thinking, but to learn how to think. It is so in exactly the same sense in which to recover from palsy is not to leave off moving but to learn how to move. The Catholic convert has for the first time a starting-point for straight and strenuous thinking. He has for the first time a way of testing the truth in any question that he raises. As the world goes, especially at present, it is the other people, the heathen and the heretics, who seem to have every virtue except the power of connected thought. There was indeed a brief period when a small minority did some hard thinking on the heathen or heretical side. It barely lasted from the time of Voltaire to the time of Huxley. It has now entirely disappeared. What is now called free thought is valued, not because it is free thought, but because it is freedom from thought; because it is free thoughtlessness.”(Bold text provided by Site Administrator)
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you GK Chesterton, Man for the Ages.