Posted: 12/02/2013 at 16:28
May I also comment that where Christian 'superstition' has been done away with, something worse has followed it. The history of the twentieth century was not a story of moral advance! It did bring increased liberalism. Being liberal and tolerant, while very good in some respects, is not good if it means tolerating morally murky acts as equal with good ones and simply resorting to 'everyone has their own beliefs' as if all beliefs were equal. For example, Stalin believed that he had the right to kill millions of his own countrymen and Hitler, whose symbol (the swastika) was a broken cross, believed that Dionysian strength was paramount, and that it did not matter who suffered in the process.He followed the philosopher Nietzsche. Bad beliefs bring bad actions. Bigoted beliefs bring words and acts of prejudice and persecution.
Also, I notice that liberal toleration only extends so far and - if some comments on this forum are any indication - are being less and less extended to Christians. We need to reach out for the highest and the best ideals and to live by them. These ideals go beyond ourselves and are much greater than ourselves. We may not be able to live up to them, but we can at least commit ourselves to try. Catholics respect the Pope beca\use, to them, he represents the highest and best ideals that they know.