Accept Einstein or don’t, just don’t carve an idol either way…

“Once the Catholic accepts the eternal truths of Christ, he is free to accept all the nonessential beliefs he pleases. He can be a monarchist or a republican; he can live solitary and alone on a pillar like Simon, or he can busy himself on the streets of Paris like a Vincent de Paul; he can accept Einstein or reject him; he can believe in the gold standard or the silver standard; he can play cards and dance, or he can abstain from them; he can drink moderately or he can be prohibitionist. He is like a man living on a great island in the sea on which he may roam and exercise his freedom in a thousand and one games, but only on condition that he obey the only law that is posted there: Do not jump over the walls.”

— Archbishop Fulton Sheen, Communism and the Conscience of the West


About The Codgitator (a cadgertator)

Catholic convert. Quasi-Zorbatic. Freelance interpreter, translator, and web marketer. Former ESL teacher in Taiwan (2003-2012) and former public high school teacher (2012-2014). Married father of three. Multilingual, would-be scholar, and fairly consistent fitness monkey. My research interests include: the interface of religion and science, the history and philosophy of science and technology, ancient and medieval philosophy, and cognitive neuroscience. Please pray for me.
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One Response to Accept Einstein or don’t, just don’t carve an idol either way…

  1. “…or he can be a prohibitionist.”

    Love the quote, but prohibitionism and teetotalism are distinct. Teetotalism is perfectly Catholic. Prohibitionism pushes a personal decision on others and seeks to establish evils his conscience sees as evils society forbids. It is not Catholic to be a prohibitionist, alcohol is an ingredient in Catholic societies. Sheen, in attempting to demonstrate the vast sea of philosophical freedom, went a bit too far.

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