The Factual Case for Christ’s Crucifixion, Death, and Resurrection April 17, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, history, Latin Mass, priests, sanctity, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
Great sermon below. I have a vague sense of posting this some years ago when I first heard it, but I can’t find it now. Most likely, it will be new to you.
I really like how the priest points out the constant errors and failed declarations of modern science, which Dr. Edward Feser proved quite convincingly has evolved into a false religion of its own in his great book The Last Superstition. Not only that, but Descartes, Bacon, and others, filled with rationalist hubris, deliberately contrived “science” as something which would always war against religion, since they posited, and managed to convince great scads of people with, the notion that “science” would, and could, only be concerned with the material, what could be weighed, measured, and/or directly observed. In doing so, they set science on a radically different course from what it had held since ancient times, where theology was always regarded as the highest, or sacred, science. Not only was this a radically different course, but one that would inevitably become hostile, and develop a cultus of its own that would demand acceptance of claims on faith from the vast, vast majority of people, including the scientists themselves.
Thus, while no one has ever come close to observing the “big bang,” it is held as a dogma today. Evidence in support of the evolution of species is almost entirely inferential and open to argument, but argument is not permitted, lest one be called a science denier, or in a more ancient parlance, a heretic. The almost constant failures of science, such as those described below, are conveniently forgotten, while evidence from thousands regarding religious events like the apparitions at Fatima are derided as mass hysteria or a pious hoax.
But the evidence, even in this proud, skeptical scientific age, for Christ’s life, death, and resurrection are overwhelming, as this priest notes below. The vast preponderance of the evidence confirms that Christ lived, that He was crucified, that He was buried, and then rose again in spectacularly mysterious circumstances. The Shroud of Turin continues to this day to be scientifically inexplicable, as no known technology today could have created the image of the Shroud, let alone that of 2000 years ago. There is much, much more besides, in this excellent sermon which I believe dates (or is a repeat) from 2012 or 13:
Of course the tragedy of the Church today is that, to a degree never before seen in her history, the vast majority of self-described Catholics, whether lay, priest, or episcopate, doubt much or all of the Gospel account of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. Most, no matter how scientifically illiterate, accept the claims of science as a matter of faith, but have severe doubts as to whether Christ instituted the Eucharist in a literal sense, commands obedience to the Doctrine He has given us, fed the 5000, was resurrected, or even lived. I have heard or read “priests in good standing” in Holy Mother Church express their disbelief on all of those realities, and many more besides. I could easily segue to another subject, but I won’t go down that rabbit hole today.
The Church has weathered innumerable crises in her long history, but never before has she been so afflicted with such an enormous lack of faith, and lack of belief in core matters of Doctrine, as she is today. It is a crisis of limitless proportions and shows little sign of abating, let alone resolving. But God has worked miraculous recoveries in the past. May He have the mercy on us to do so again.