Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

Essential thinking for reading Catholics.

Monday, July 10, 2006

4 out of 5 theologians agree

People who describe themselves as "think-for-myself Christians" are ver-r-r-r-r-ry rarely either.

This weekend someone I know and love revealed herself to be one of these, spouting off such a torrent of absurdities that I was dumbstruck. Where to begin in the 5 minutes left before we had to wrap up and go back to our respective offices?

The problem, as I see it, is that if you are all about thinking for yourself, you mustn't think in an abstract vacuum, lest you become a theological flat-earther. You can't just survey things at a surface level and draw conclusions. "The earth is flat because it looks flat!" This, my dears, is you placing yourself as the supreme arbiter of things. Which--and some of you may not have gotten the memo--is a position currently occupied by Someone who guards the job with great zeal.

When you start to say "X is not a sin to me." you have neatly positioned yourself at the vortex of a whirlpool of self-idolatry. Because it's not about what you think. (Or, for that matter, what I think.) Just because you play Monopoly counter-clockwise and use poker chips in lieu of fake money doesn't mean the rules have changed.

It is what it is.

That is to say, what is good and moral and upright or wrong, immoral, and evil is not a function of individual choice. Nor shall it ever be.

If you intend to be one of those "thinking" types, do the title honor and actually THINK, and read, and ponder and pray. And try to view yourself a little bit less as the center of what is and isn't. There isn't enough room for both the Creator of Everything Ever Created and you.

Regardless what you think.