Let’s be honest… my attention span is short for long series of blogposts on the same topic. But, this is the first encyclical from Pope Francis and I wanted to look at it. You can’t, I mean, in one sitting, and one blog post. The pdf is 88 pages long. So, maybe from time to time, I’ll post on it.
“Those who believe, see; they see with a light that illumines their entire journey, for it comes from the risen Christ, the morning star which never sets.”
The first three paragraphs is my focus today. Particularly, I find something familiar about the third paragraph. Here, the four hands write regarding reason and faith and those who would use the two. I am drawn to it because it reads almost like Crito, with Socrates and his daimonions.1 Further, the Popes have called attention, ever so slightly, to the god/science-of-the-gaps theology rampant among too many today (of various stripes of belief). Faith, then, is abused as is Reason. Faith becomes a crutch where reason fails and were faith fails, there is reason. This has caused many to simply give up on both, accepting on the temporary truth rather in the greater truth.
In a recent facebook discussion, we happened upon the topic of doubt. Too often, the person said, people simply see doubt as the end-all of intellectual pursuit. For me, I believe doubt will grow faith, but the original poster is still correct. People see doubt as the logical end, a must for themselves. No one likes to stick their neck out and maintain a position. Maybe it is because of this conversation I read paragraph 3 with a special interest.
- Two Popes, But One Faith (nationalreview.com)
- Lumen Fidei (No?) (mundabor.wordpress.com)
- Ignatius Press to Release Pope Francis’ First Encyclical (insightscoop.typepad.com)
- Pope Francis Publishes First Encyclical (frstephensmuts.wordpress.com)
- Pope Francis issues first ‘joint’ encyclical (arunbabyveranakunnel.wordpress.com)
- Pope issues first ‘joint’ encyclical (bbc.co.uk)
- Note the use here is not what Christians would see ↩