Don’t let the name of the blog fool ya. Rob’s story adds to my already firmly held belief that should more people read Hilaire Belloc and so become aware of religious history, then we’d have more Catholics. Particularly the kind of orthodox apologetic kung fu ninjas we need.
Part of Rob’s conversion, influenced by Belloc’s The Great Heresies, in which he writes regarding heresies:
“The Catholics were right and they were wrong. Horribly wrong. Insidiously wrong. And yet, what an amazing stroke of fortune that the one time the Catholic Church was wrong in condemning a heresy was the one time when I was the heretic.”
Ah, we’ve all been there, Rob. Even non-converts will encounter a time when they disagree with the Church’s teaching. When we choose to follow the Church’s teaching instead of our own ignorant views, that’s trust, not blind, unthinking faith like some people accuse us of. Trust based on the knowledge that it is more likely an institution we perceive to be the hand of God on Earth has got it right rather than we, a solitary and sometimes stupid, emotional, and definitely biased person we know ourselves to be, have got it right.
In another post, he writes along the lines of lamenting the Modern Mind:
“As I said previously, everyone just keeps bringing up the Science Trump Card without, you know, actually talking about science. But, trust them, they heard it from a friend’s neighbor’s mother’s postman’s scientist niece that Science says so. So it must be true.”
With respect to the Pope’s stance on AIDS and abstinence, he writes Pope Does it Again:
“They’ve been told the science is on their side, but haven’t bothered to double-check. And so you get mealy-mouthed nonsense from the French about how the Pope is unscientific and intolerant (their greatest curse). Intolerant? What’s that got to do with anything? “You’re unscientific.” “No, you’re unscientific.” “Nuh-uh.” “Yah-huh.” “Well your momma’s ugly.””