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Friday, March 02, 2007


Bob Postiff

Jack, Interesting quote from your author,

"If the only reasonableness consisted in evidence that was immediate or personally demonstrated..., man could no longer move forward because each of us would have to go through all of the processes again; we would always be cavemen."

Following the above logic then one would have to accept male leadership/priesthood and Transubstantiation to do otherwise would be unreasonable, Us Protestents are always rethinking these issues that have been settled years ago.



Thanks for the comment!

Giussani would certainly say that acceptance of the wisdom given to us need not be a mechanical thing (i.e., it came before so we must accept it), as well as he does rightly identify that mistakes are possible. (Remember, so far, we are just examining human experience in general and haven't hit the specifics of the Church.) But I think the core of his point is to indicate two things: (1) it is false to behave as if we never rely on the wisdom of others, human development would not be possible without it; and (2) we need not behave as if relying on the wisdom of others is an inherently unreasonable position.

Clearly, then, this would have implications for the development of Christianity too. We will get into that in a lot more detail in Why the Church? and after we have looked at the method by which Jesus called people to Himself.

But for now, I wouldn't say that Giussani is looking to answer any specific Christian doctrinal point (although you might rightly conclude it has implications for it). Right now, we are pre-Revelation if you will.

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