My Discovery of Hilaire Belloc
This evening, I started reading one of Hilaire Belloc’s articles on religion in the United States. Since I’ve yet to digest it fully, I’d simply like to share two quotations that caught my attention:
1) “The definition of faith is the acceptation of a truth, and the refusal to entertain the possibility of an opposite to that truth, although proof is absent. Faith must be coincident with reason, but it is not established by reason. Science is the acceptation of a truth, and the refusal to admit the possibility of an opposite, because conclusive proof has been presented, and reason has accepted that proof. Opinion is the partial acceptation of an affirmation, the opposite of which is still regarded as possible. The modern world, I say, the modern Christian world, using the word Christian in the cultural and not in the doctrinal sense, has lapsed from faith into opinion outside the Catholic body.”
2) “The contrast in religion between the New World and the Old is a difficult point to emphasize, and that for three reasons. First, that modern men have forgotten the social effect of religion, ascribing to almost any other cause, economic or physical, what is in truth the result of men’s doctrines. Secondly, that modem men hold doctrines without defining them; therefore without knowing they hold them.“
(Both from “A Catholic View of Religious America”)
What are your first impressions? Is he right?
David J.W. Inczauskis