Sunday, June 04, 2006

Paranoia about Christians. The view that Christians somehow seek to impose their values and beliefs on others bewilders me. My answer to the people who hold that view would be, "Why don't you just ignore us. None of us has a gun in his hand. Our dollars are no more valuable than yours. When a Christian votes, it is only counted as one vote. What is, exactly, the problem?"

A light bulb came on as I read Fr. Neuhaus recently over on the FT "blog". He writes:

People ask [Christians, in this particular case Dominican preachers,]“Who are you to impose your truth on me?” In his 1990 encyclical Redemptoris Missio, John Paul responded to that question by saying, “The Church imposes nothing; she only proposes.” But what she proposes is the truth and the truth imposes itself because, as Augustine and Thomas understood, human beings are hardwired for the truth.

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