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What are religious people afraid of finding out?

Mark Shea has a great column up on Catholic Exchange. He addresses the belief among non-believers that religious faith is a stubborn position that forbids questions because they might undermine the faith itself. For example, believers must be afraid to understand evolution because it must contradict the belief in God.

Of course, this is entirely backwards. Evolutionists' mistake is in believing, themselves, that evolution contradicts God. The same is true of any science that investigates reality. Similarly, while the standard line is that, as humankind figures stuff out, God keeps getting smaller, the more intricately we understand what it is that God has done, the broader and more intrinsic God becomes.

It's difficult to bridge this gap in debate because the faithless just do not get it. God isn't hiding in the recesses of what we do not know; He is in such plain view that we often fail to see Him. We are not inventing scientific theories; we are discovering what is already there. And faith does not forbid questions; it allows them because the faithful already know that which is truly important.

Posted by Justin Katz @ 01:21 PM EST