Fr. John J. Pasquini, Th.D.
It is always interesting to observe a debate between two knowledgeable people. Both know each other’s arguments relatively well, and yet they often fervently disagree. Why? The answer is because the two individuals have a different vision of the world, and this vision of the world determines the perspective priorities they place upon each tenet of their argument.
For example, there are those who view abortion as being pro-woman, for a woman should have, they argue, a right to her own body and her own future. Others view abortion as anti-woman, for it rips apart an infant in the womb and from the womb, and consequently leads--too often--to post-traumatic stress disorders and all the consequences associated with those disorders. Likewise, some find no problem with same-sex relationships and same-sex marriages--despite all the studies that point to the negative dimensions to such relationships--while others argue that traditional families and relationships are healthier for individuals and cultures. Some believe in having “designer babies,” while others view this as being detrimental to the gene pool and to the proper balance of the sexes. Some favor invitro fertilization despite the loss of many embryos in the process, while others prefer adoption to infertility issues. Some feel no pangs in destroying embryos in the acquisition of pluripotent stem cells, while others argue for the obtaining of pluripotent cells through umbilical cord blood, placentas, miscarriages or Oocyte Assisted Reprogramming. Some view all forms of genetic engineering, assisted reproduction and scientific research as permissible, while others view it as only permissible when done with the dignity of the human person or persons in mind. Some view the access to healthcare as a privilege and others view it as a right. Some view the death penalty as a necessity in all cultures, others view it as unnecessary in modern societies. Some view science as incompatible with religion, and others view that scientific inquiry is diminished without the spiritual impetus and creativity associated with a belief in a divine mind, a divine designer. The list goes on….
There are many visions of the same reality.
One way or another we accept a vision of reality; we accept a worldview! The worldview we accept will determine every dimension of our lives.
What worldview do you accept?
For Christians, if Jesus is who we say he is then our worldview must be molded by Christ’s vision of reality. And just as people of other worldviews have no trouble expressing and promoting their worldviews, we should be as adamant as they are. Sadly, today, we have been intimidated and almost silenced by the secular-atheistic worldview, and we are paying the price for that! Christianity saved ancient Rome from disintegration; Christianity saved pagan Europe from collapse. Christianity brought the West out of the dark ages and built the best in the West with its emphasis on the dignity of the human person from conception to natural death. Christianity gave birth and life to the Renaissance and the Enlightenment.
Why then are we turning away from the Christian worldview?
The 20th and 21st Century is discernible by its turning away from its Christian roots. What has been the consequences of this? More people have died and been denied human rights by atheistic regimes in the 20th century than in all the previous centuries combined! Nazi Germany brought the world to the brink of obliteration.
Must we wait for a future collapse? Must we wait till political correctness completely silences our worldview?
The Christian worldview can never be overcome for it is the one that gives the fullest, most abundant means to life. It may be quieted for a while, but grace can never be silenced for too long, for the heart was made for God and will never rest until it rests in God. Society was made for God and will never function properly until it reposes in God!