From the time the Catholic Church established the university system in the so-called Dark Ages, when scientific method was devised at the Cathedral School at Chartres, a lively exchange of ideas in science, philosophy, theology, law, and the arts has been the fuel to advance Western Civilization. Built on the best of Roman and Greek civilizations, she made course corrections that ultimately draw on the promise of redemption God gave our first parents. Adam and Eve paid the price for their own failure to exercise their authority over creation given to humanity made in His image and likeness. Cains and Abels have contested in the search for truth ever since. No human endeavor or institution is now or ever has been exempt from this struggle between good and evil. Our job is to do something about it as good stewards, not mockers and penalizers.
Today, Academia’s gift to civilization is not lively discourse in an honest quest for truth, but phony, stilted diversity and political correctness, which I call “the manifestation of the spirit of antichrist.” Academia has a disdain for faith, reason, and a quest for the innocence Jesus taught was the key to the kingdom. They have opted for the sewer of perversion and debt on their students whose qualifications for honest endeavor in the free market are more than seriously compromised.
The absent-minded professor, who is deep in contemplation in his search for truth, was always eager to share his knowledge with his students. These are few and far between today. Having eschewed faith and reason, the modern arrogant academic is more likely to steal his students’ thoughts and perpetrate lies over consideration of multiple sources of information that lead to honest conclusions.
Dr. Thomas Woods’ book “How the Catholic Church Built Civilization” provides some major course corrections dealing with the current persecution of faith and reason by forces in high places as well as the pit of hell. With a new Pope on the horizon, maybe its time to see what it means to all of us and why “progressives” hate believers so – whether Catholic or not.