What I meant to say…

Gerard Murphy of Catholic Monthly Newsletter has opinions.

Helping victims of a College Education

ONE tragic side effect of modern education is that it leaves many young people more obtuse than they were when they first entered college or university. They end up with their B.A.s, Ph.D.s or M.Sc.s, and not knowing God, or with no vibrant relationship with him.

Can you imagine going to school to study Mathematics and not being taught that 1+1+1 can equal 1?

Yet, having thus become no-brainers and no- hopers, they think they are so cool.

“Cool” is a word the kids today use, right?

But what could be more idiotic than to look at this wonderful world in which we live, and think that it is simply the result of a billion billion freaky accidents?

I’m about to show you!

Even primitive tribes had more gumption than that.

I think Crankshaft is hilarious AND insightful.

Professor Richard Dawkins, if he found himself on a desert island, might wake up one morning to find his name written in the sand and think, “Gosh, the crabs around here are very evolved.”

Other things he might think: Why am I on a desert island? Where are my pants? This is seriously the last time I accept an invitation to coffee from a guy in an elevator.

Most of us, however, would conclude that the writing was done by a human being who knew our name.

Or, potentially, an invisible entity who is all powerful and exists outside of space and time.

And nothing would convince us otherwise.

We don’t like evidence.

In other words, if something bears the marks of intelligence, then we look for an intelligent cause.

And if something bears the marks of being the result of natural processes over time, we look for a supernatural cause.

And if we can say that about writing in the sand, a painting or a computer, we can certainly say it about the complexity, wonder and beauty of nature.

My use of the word “certainly” is in no way an attempt to rhetorically deflect from fallacious reasoning.

Only a mind crippled and prejudiced by modern education could fail to see the extraordinary intelligence and love behind creation.

I added loving here because a world full of starvation, disease, natural disasters, murder, poverty, and cruelty is *certainly* the result of a loving god.

And a bit more reasoning would lead us to God, the supreme being with this intelligence, love and creative power.

This is my conclusion, which may confuse you because it was also one of my assumed premises.


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