Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Ratio ad Absurdum

I am absolutely sick to death of hearing the following Catholic meme: “If only people today were more rational and able to think more clearly they would see that the Church is right about (x).” Whether the issue is abortion, contraception, gay marriage, or the existence of God, intellectual Catholics too often seem to be under the impression that in some bygone era public discourse took place primarily on a rational level and that the downfall of our society is being brought about by people's irrational susceptibility to emotional ploys.