The other day, Mr. Beck delivered another monologue wherein he again propagated the notion that Thomas Jefferson was so honorable for saying to: "Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear."
Now, I'm not against anyone using reason to come to the knowledge of God. St. Paul tells us this is just and the First Vatican Council made it a dogma wherein anyone that denies God can be known by reason is anathema. The issue is that Mr. Beck, as Mr. Jefferson did, is utterly fascinated by the myths of Carl Sagan, and how Sagan revealed the supposed lack of reason and pure superstition the Church was guilty of in the Dark Ages.
First, this notion of a Dark Ages are a matter of Modernity seeking to belittle Christendom and it's culture. That the Dark Ages propogated "blindfolded fear" is a petty shun. Jefferson was no Aquinas, Bellermine, Aristotle or even a Dante. He was a typical revolutionary age thinker, bound to the notions of Locke and Hobbes (both of who hated the Church and were not opposed to lying to bash Her).
It is libertarianism and conservatism of modern America that inherited the non-sense of the liberal thinkers of such an era “The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected," Chesterton tells us. We don't want to really look at the liberalism that all the major American political groups come from. We are a nation of revolution and aggressive trigger fingers. We invented total war and unconditional surrender... USA, USA, USA. We cant bring ourselves to really revisit things like the "need to go to war to free the slaves" or the "need to drop the bombs to bring Japan to their knees". All of these ignore facts to promote the American ideal. Justification is our passion! The Dark Ages were bad because the Church didn't let heresy to spread everywhere! Good thing we are now all about dialogue with these principled men of modernity.
The idea that its more enlightened to allow falsehoods to spread everywhere is a type of indifferentism. We know the truth, we can come to it through the natural and divine law (both of which can be shown through evidence to be true). I'll keep Bellermine and Aquinas over Jefferson any day. Virtue much?
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