I was surfing thru the website of a band that was recommended to me to listen to and while reading some of the interviews I came up with a quote here is what the quote said:
“I feel it is much easier to defeat Christianity with knowledge and intelligence rather than big words and extreme feelings.”
What do you think that this claims implies? That Christianity has no knowledge or that it cannot hold under close scrutiny?
What a wonderful question!
The main reason why it is difficult to read Thomas’ Summa is that Thomas recognized the extent to which it is necessary to devise new language to talk about God at the limits of human knowledge, at that level where human knowledge and apprehension j-u-u-u-u-u-u-st begin to fail, and faith must j-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-st begin to take over, because our minds just don’t reach that high.
A quick, simple example: We say of God that He is “ineffable.” Oooh! Look out! A big word! Why do we use that big, scary word? Because it is an easy way to say that God is where our minds can not go. He is a thing as to which full mental grabbability is not possible.
Well, a lot of theology is like this.
So, if the person who posted the comments you transcribed here insists on “avoiding big words,” well, more power to them, but it makes talking to him or her about God difficult.
“Knowledge” and “intelligence” which is instead of “big words” may be something of a deception. Non-“big words” like “prove” in “Hey, 'prove’that God exists” have an *awful * lot of baggage attached to them.
I find that most intent on “defeating Christianity” are also mental plodders. “All the tea in China” will be necessary to convince them of one teeny, tiny point. Heck, we can’t even convince 3/4s of the fertile, married Church-going Catholics to abandon contraception! How can we possibly convince someone like this of more than a minor concession here and there?
Keep talking to them, however. The ripple in the pond travels farther than most people think. And pray for conversion. God always answers prayers.