Protestants vs Reason
Brian Holdsworth | 13.XII.2019
- You are aware some of them will link this to the Galileo case?
The Church "was wrong" they will say, because over relying on Aristotelic reason ...
- 3:25 Prima Via and Scripture : Romans 1.
You will often get that the "human philosophy" mentioned in Colossians 2:8 is Aristotelic, since Aristotle believed in "four elements" ...this is missing that "elements" actually refer to letters (hence elementary school, where you learn to piece together letters to words) and that this was one of the ways in which Democritus and Epicure referred to atoms.
But one more : St Thomas is giving an Aristotelic proof of God (through God moving heaven around us each day) which is actually alluded to in Romans 1.
What exact visible things are showing forth the invisible things of God? Well, His power is shown forth, for one, in His moving the Sun, Moon and Stars around Earth each day.
- 5:45 rock paraphernalia ... you have heard of Kim Clement?
- 8:32 I searched "reason" in Douay Rheims and found lots of "by reason of" = because.
But I then searched "understanding".
Exodus 35:31 has And hath filled him with the spirit of God, with wisdom and understanding and knowledge and all learning.
In other words, reason as such is not an external good from surrounding culture.
- 8:47 In fact, Luther was not a reactionary, he was an innovator.
"by allowing Plato"
What had Philo Judaeus been doing perhaps even before the Church?
- Just to give the Protestants some leeway from St. Peter's words ...
But sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, being ready always to satisfy every one that asketh you a reason of that hope which is in you.
Does it say to be ready to satisfy them in the precise kind they ask? No.
That, however, is for Solescriptureans ... in historic context, it arguably very much does mean what you say.
- Finally, would you agree that is one hadn't abandoned scholasticism too much in Enlightenment era, one would have been better equipped to keep up Geocentrism and Young Earth Creationism, which are part of a reasonable case for the God of Christianity?