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Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

On doubt and indifference

Posted by M. C. on April 26, 2022

Aussie Nationalist

To any position that exhibits a Christian nature, the typical current-day Westerner responds with doubt or indifference. These responses–unwitting, effortless, even natural–are the fruits from the liberal, post-Christian environment in which most are immersed. Despite their ubiquity, for the reasons which follow, these responses should be rejected for being ignorant and close-minded.

The basis of Christian truth

Regarding the Apostles and their unique credibility as public witnesses to the Resurrection, Fr. John Laux concludes,

“If their testimony is not true, what testimony is true? If we doubt the simple, definite, unanimous story of the Evangelists, the blood-sealed testimony of the Apostles, can we believe in anything?” (page 94 of Catholic Apologetics: God, Christianity, and the Church; my emphasis).

This challenge may equally be rephrased in these terms: “If Christianity is not true, what is true? Can we believe in anything?” For any judgement involving a worldview and extending beyond the purely self-evident, the answer is no. This answer becomes apparent to any fair-minded observer, who considers the sheer volume of rational arguments which substantiate Christian truth.

The alternatives to Christian truth

Christianity authoritatively claims to explain existence, the purpose of human life, and our eternal destiny after death. Even at its lowest point, Christianity is a serious, sincere attempt to explain the universe and our place within it.

But what about the alternatives to Christian truth? The Gospel of St. John encapsulates the true nature of this contrast, relating an exchange between Pontius Pilate and Jesus Christ shortly before His Crucifixion.

Pilate therefore said to him: Art thou a king then? Jesus answered: Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Everyone that is of the truth, heareth my voice.

Pilate saith to him: What is truth? And when he said this, he went out again to the Jews, and saith to them: I find no cause in him (John 18:37-38; my emphasis).

This contrast is as clear today as it was 2,000 years ago. Either one submits to Christian truth; alternatively, one is left completely unsure of or with an insufficient grasp of reality–thus Pilate’s reply to the Incarnate Word Himself: “What is truth?” In practice, the intellectual successors of Pilate fanatically enjoin themselves to passing, transitory beliefs before re-attaching to new beliefs as fresh circumstances arise.

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