Tuesday, January 22, 2013

More About the Search for Truth

I want to clarify what I mean when I talk about encouraging our youth to seek for truth.  The frequent posture of Christians is to protect our kids, even after they are mature. There is an age for protection.  But as they mature, they will be exposed to the marketplace of ideas . . . hopefully . . . and no walls of protection will work.

If God is there, He resides in truth (otherwise He wouldn't be there).  So, we should not fear truth and the search thereof.  We should fear being misled, including being misled by those within the Church.  The best way to protect our youth is to educate them in how to humbly and honestly search for truth and to encourage them to explore.  The wrong way is to tell them that they "ought" to believe such and such, because that is God's will (without any supporting evidence).  Because, if they simply follow the "ought" then they are gullible and subject to manipulation and we break their intellect . . . that part which is God-given and should be whole. That's not what we want. We want smart, free, kind, youth who don't fear the unknown. All honest questions are good. Just restating what I said in a different way.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Fr Stephen Freeman at


has written about truth this week.

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