3 Responses to “Diversionary Tactics”

  1. DottieDay says:

    Pope Francis gives me plenty of stuff to worry about. Not the least of it is individualism vs. collectivism.

    For a Pontiff, his remarks and actions are remarkably unclear, intentionally vague it seems to me, and thus open to misinterpretation. The poor apologist class works overtime to tell us what the Pope means whenever he speaks.

    Pope Francis promotes mercy — repentance not so much. He divides us into rich or poor classes and claims not to judge. Who of us with an extra dollar in the bank doesn’t feel scolded by His Holiness’. Are we in the West, living under capitalism just a gang of self-centered people with too much makeup and too many air conditioners?

    The Pope’s affection for communists and Marxists is jarring to my Cold War sensibilities. In 30 or so years it is remarkable (almost unbelievable) that we have gone from Thatcher, Reagan and JPII to Castro, Obama and Francis.

    Then there is his very long climate change encyclical. Sadly, he shut out conservative advisors like the Heartland Institute from contributing. Instead he gave us a viper’s nest of pro-abortion population control advocates with ties to George Soros: Jeffrey Sachs, Naomi Klein and Hans Schellnhuber – to name a few. He threatens to put a Catholic face on the sustainable development goals of the UN when he comes in September. Even Gov. Gerry Brown of California and Mayor Bill DeBlasio are invited to speak at the Vatican this week.

    And finally, the worst confusion clarified….
    When he took that hammer and sickle cross from Evo Morales and later confirmed that he had no problem with it. What horror is being done to Our Blessed Lord by a communist symbol like that?

    Overreacting? Too conservative? I don’t think so. The times are insane. The world is crazier by the day. The Catholic Church is the only solution. I pray about what is coming in September with the Pope’s visit and October at the Synod. I hope there will not be a great rupture in Holy Mother the Church. God only knows.

  2. David Roemer says:

    Reasons to Believe in Jesus

    Reasons to believe Jesus is alive in a new life with God can be found in quotes from two prominent atheists and a biology textbook.

    Thus the passion of man is the reverse of that of Christ, for man loses himself as man in order that God may be born. But the idea of God is contradictory and we lose ourselves in vain. Man is a useless passion. (Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness: A Phenomenological Essay on Ontology, New York: Washington Square Press, p. 784)

    Among the traditional candidates for comprehensive understanding of the relation of mind to the physical world, I believe the weight of evidence favors some from of neutral monism over the traditional alternatives of materialism, idealism, and dualism. (Thomas Nagel, Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False, location 69 of 1831)

    And certain properties of the human brain distinguish our species from all other animals. The human brain is, after all, the only known collection of matter that tries to understand itself. To most biologists, the brain and the mind are one and the same; understand how the brain is organized and how it works, and we’ll understand such mindful functions as abstract thought and feelings. Some philosophers are less comfortable with this mechanistic view of mind, finding Descartes’ concept of a mind-body duality more attractive. (Neil Campbell, Biology, 4th edition, p. 776 )

    Sartre speaks of the “passion of man,” not the passion of Christians. He is acknowledging that all religions east and west believe there is a transcendental reality and that perfect fulfillment comes from being united with this reality after we die. He then defines this passion with a reference to Christian doctrine which means he is acknowledging the historical reasons for believing in Jesus. He does not deny God exists. He is only saying the concept of God is contradictory. He then admits that since life ends in the grave, it has no meaning.

    From the title of the book, you can see that Nagel understands that humans are embodied sprits and that the humans soul is spiritual. He says, however, that dualism and idealism are “traditional” alternatives to materialism. Dualism and idealism are just bright ideas from Descartes and Berkeley. The traditional alternative to materialism is monism. According to Thomas Aquinas unity is the transcendental property of being. Campbell does not even grasp the concept of monism. The only theories he grasps are dualism and materialism.

    If all atheists were like Sartre, it would be an obstacle to faith. An important reason to believe in Jesus is that practically all atheists are like Nagel and Campbell, not like Sartre.

    by David Roemer

  3. David Roemer says:

    I think it is perfectly reasonable to be troubled by the Pope’s concern for the poor and environmentalism. You are defending the Pope by contrasting collectivism and individualism. They are both examples of the maxim attributed to Chesterton: “When people don’t believe in God, they don’t believe in nothing. They believe in anything.” In the 18th and 19th century liberals used to believe in laissez faire capitalism. This stopped satisfying their emotional needs, so they switched to socialism, nationalism, imperialism, and racism. It turns my stomach when I read about the Pope’s concern for “the poor.” Poverty in the United States is rooted in laziness, immorality, and government intervention in the economy. In countries like Peru and Argentina there is the additional problem of lack of a system of property rights and political stability. How do you know the Pope is not a liberal Christian? Liberal Christians like to keep quiet about life ending in the grave because they feel it fails to express their compassion and concern for the welfare of their fellow human beings. What would make me happy is to hear the Pope say we are not guaranteed salvation but can hope for it with fear and trembling.