Monday, September 10, 2012

Quote of the Week - Aquinas on faith and science

“The truth of our faith becomes a matter of ridicule among the infidels if any Catholic, not gifted with the necessary scientific learning, presents as dogma what scientific scrutiny shows to be false.” 

― Thomas Aquinas


  1. Unfortunately, this quote made me think of Way of the Master's stuff about evolution. Don't get me wrong - I love their evangelism, I've bought some tracks from them, and I'm a creationist myself. However, every time I hear them make arguments against evolution or science in general, I have to cringe just a little bit, because they present as fact something that either isn't true or is just silly reasoning.

    1. I'm not familiar with Way of the Master's apologetics stuff, but I remember hearing about them in Wednesday night youth meetings at church (I rarely listened because I was too busy drawing or whispering......)

      When I read this by Aquinas I admittedly thought of Answers in Genesis. :)

    2. Oh really? I'm only vaguely familiar with some of their stuff. I follow them on Twitter and Facebook, and like some of it. Do you have an example of what they have that you don't care for?

      Oftentimes when people ask me for my personal opinion on the exact details of creationism versus everything else, I generally take the opinion my pastor did a few sermons ago: the Bible says God made the world in six days, he made Adam and Eve, and I'm happy enough with that.

    3. Their answer for the distant starlight problem which is an indicator of an old universe, their creation museum which depicts dinosaurs in the garden of eden (I find that very hard to believe), but most importantly of all is the arrogance of some of their scientists toward "old earthers." I've listened to and read debates between guys from AiG and Hugh Ross and found Jason Lisle to be somewhat arrogant. They're kind of dogmatic too. In my opinion at least.

    4. Some of them probably get so used to dealing with hardcore evolutionists it's difficult to handle just semi-contrary thought or innocent questions. I'll admit I have that problem from time to time.

  2. Excellent quote, but can you give a detailed reference?

    1. haha no. I remember hearing it quoted in a lecture. I found the actual quote on goodreads. :)
      Here are some more. Most, if not all, are unsourced quotes.


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