In his article on “The Uniqueness of Christianity,” Dr. Peter Kreeft writes a wonderfully clear and concise article that articulates responses to our cultures most popular objections to Christianity as taught and practiced by the Catholic Church, and the world’s other belief systems. This is an excellent read, that encompasses logic and reason, always recognizing that:
“The Second Vatican Council took a position on comparative religions that distinguished Catholicism from both Modernist relativism and Fundamentalist exclusivism. It taught that on the one hand there is much deep wisdom and value in other religions and that the Christian should respect them and learn from them. But, on the other hand, the claims of Christ and his Church can never be lessened, compromised, or relativized. We may add to our religious education by studying other religions but never subtract from it.”
As Dr. Kreeft writes at the outset, the most common objection to Catholicism is the secular tenet of equality; “everyone has a right to their own beliefs, therefore, there is no one true belief.” This common American religion, often referred to as ‘the religion of democracy,’ is wide spread and often espouses its complete beliefs in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights as the last word in humankind dogma. Dr. Kreeft details how this religion,
“. . . fears being right where others are wrong more than it fears being wrong. . . resents the fact that God is an absolute monarch. It has changed the meaning of the word honor from being respected because you are superior in some way to being accepted because you are not superior in any way but just like us.”
After noting the primary religions of the world, Dr. Kreeft writes of the fact is that all religions have some element of truth to them, but only one is the Truth, while the essence of many belief systems is basic ethics, that “Everyone has an ethic, not everyone has a religion.”
One of many keeper quotes is this:
“Christianity is not a system of man’s search for God but a story of God’s search for man. True religion is not like a cloud of incense wafting up from special spirits into the nostrils of a waiting God, but like a Father’s hand thrust downward to rescue the fallen. Throughout the Bible, man-made religion fails.”
This article is one for the vaults; very useful for those conversations with young men just entering the world full of self assurance in the religions of democracy and science, that biblical myth is nothing more than old stories from old people.