Did you hear the one about the philosophy student...
Just now, the dear sister who defends all things Bayly passed along a link to an article from the First Things site that I just finished reading and commend to our good readers. It's a talk given by the Roman Catholic archbishop of Denver, Charles J. Chaput, at the John Cardinal Krol Conference in Philadelphia on April 21, 2007. Yes, I acknowledge the piece contains things contrary to Scripture, but Chaput's talk is food for the soul. Just to whet your appetite, Chaput has a good joke about academic philosophers, he mentions iPods, he has an excerpt from one of Flannery O'Connor's short stories, he exposes the deterministic underpinnings of the "pro-choice" movement, he talks much about free will (yes, I am a Calvinist), and he quotes Frank Sheed:
It’s incredible how long science has succeeded in keeping men’s minds off their fundamental unhappiness and its own very limited power to remedy their fundamental unhappiness. One marvel follows another—electric light, phonograph, motor car, telephone, radio, airplane, television. It’s a curious list, and very pathetic. The soul of man is crying for hope of purpose or meaning; and the scientist says, “Here is a telephone” or “Look, television!”—exactly as one tries to distract a baby crying for its mother by offering it sugar-sticks and making funny faces.
Finishing the article, I find myself wondering whether Rick Warren's masses might not get a better dose of seeker-sensitive pre-evangelism at Archbishop Chaput's masses than at Saddleback's extravaganzas?