Monday, April 1, 2013

On Being Catholic - Gary Gutting -

On Being Catholic -
by Gary Gutting, University of Notre Dame

An old friend and mentor of mine, Ernan McMullin, was a philosopher of science widely respected in his discipline.  He was also a Catholic priest.  I don’t know how many times fellow philosophers at professional meetings drew me aside and asked, “Does Ernan really believe that stuff?”  (He did.) Amid all the serious and generally respectful coverage of the papal resignation and the election of a new pope, I often detect an undertone of this same puzzlement.  Can reflective and honest intellectuals actually believe that stuff?Here I sketch my reasons for answering “yes.” ...

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