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April 25, 2006

Whom Do You Trust?

This came up in CTP on Monday...

Whom do you trust more regarding whether or not God exists: an academic whom you've never met and whose livelihood depends on convincing people to accept his theories, or your dad who has spent the better part of his life slaving away at a job so that you could have a better future?
Who has more authority on the concept of an all-loving, self-sacrificing God?
Whose thoughts on God is it wiser for you to take seriously?
Who has your best interests in mind?

Posted by Peter Terp on April 25, 2006 at 06:05 PM | Permalink


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I trust my father. And my mother. For all the other things they ever told me were true. (And I thank God for them!) One of the best things they did for me was to give me Chesterton, who tells me more truths, like this:

The man who lives in contact with what he believes to be a living Church is a man always expecting to meet Plato and Shakespeare to-morrow at breakfast. He is always expecting to see some truth that he has never seen before. There is one only other parallel to this position; and that is the parallel of the life in which we all began. When your father told you, walking about the garden, that bees stung or that roses smelt sweet, you did not talk of taking the best out of his philosophy. When the bees stung you, you did not call it an entertaining coincidence. When the rose smelt sweet you did not say "My father is a rude, barbaric symbol, enshrining (perhaps unconsciously) the deep delicate truths that flowers smell." No: you believed your father, because you had found him to be a living fountain of facts, a thing that really knew more than you; a thing that would tell you truth to-morrow, as well as to-day. And if this was true of your father, it was even truer of your mother; at least it was true of mine, to whom this book is dedicated.
[GKC, Orthodoxy CW1:360]

Posted by: DoctorThursday | Apr 26, 2006 4:44:07 PM

I was thinking part of why I trust my parents of because of the authentic Christian charity they've shown me in my life. I mean they fed me, clothed me, changed my diapers, and educated me. If anyone demonstrates me that kindness then I will be very predisposed to believe what they say. And if what they say stands up to intellectual scrutiny like the Faith does, then what more do you want?

Posted by: Al T | Apr 26, 2006 4:58:27 PM

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