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  • ISBN-13: 9780217874168
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/18/2009
  • Pages: 114
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.24 (d)

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THE PHILOSOPHY OF CATHOLICISM.1 Not long ago I heard a living thinker of some eminence say that he considered Christianity to have been a misfortune. Intellectually, he said, it was absurd; and practically, it was an offence, over which he stumbled. It would have been far better for mankind, he thought, if they could have kept clear of superstition, and followed on upon the track of the Grecian philosophy. So little do men care to understand the conditions which have made them what they are, and which has created for them that very wisdom in which they themselves are so contented. But it is strange, indeed, that a person who could deliberately adopt such a conclusion should trouble himself any more to look for truth. If a mere absurdity could make its way out of a village in Galilee, and spread through the whole civilized world ; if men are so pitiably silly, that in an age of great mental activity their strongest thinkers should have sunk under an abortion of fear and folly, should have allowed it to absorb into itself whatever of heroism, of devotion, self-sacrifice, and moral nobleness there was among them; surely there was nothing better for a wise man than to make the best of his time, and to crowd whatenjoyment he can find into it, sheltering himself in a very disdainful Pyrrhonism from all care for mankind or for their opinions. For what better test of truth have we than the ablest men's acceptance of it ? and if the ablest men eighteen centuries ago deliberately accepted what is now too absurd to reason upon, what right have we to hope that with the same natures, the same passions, the same understandings, no better proof against deception, we, like they, are not entangledin what, at the close of another era, shall seem again ridiculous ? The scoff of Cicero at the di...
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