I’ve been thinking about this for some time and have recently decided to start blogging. There are several reasons and most likely will be several blogs. This one will primarily deal with a broad, but also narrow focus on Apologetics (Catholic/Christain & American), Catholicism & Politics. I’m sure there will be other topics or items that don’t necessarily belong at all, but we’ll see.
There is a population in our (American) culture that wants to know why things have ‘gone wrong’: Why there isn’t an understanding of history; applied economics; political theory; or general good will. Why has the history of Christianity and the United States of America been so diluted as to categorize these two primary sources of good in the world, as just as good/bad as the other countries, political systems and religions of the world.
The title and purpose of this blog is taken from one of two quotes chosen from two primary authors in my canon: C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton. Each in his own way and in his own book defined the problem that this blog is intended to discuss. Both in “Orthodoxy” and in “God in the Dock”, each author explains why certain things are unknown in a common era. Their simple answer is…you can’t teach what you do not have. What he has not got What we have not got.
Why do the children of today think Socialism is OK? Why has America’s history become hyphenated? Where is the decency and compassion, courtesy and politeness? Why is Christianity seemingly the only religion that is ridiculed, publicly effaced and marginalized? Why is the Catholic Church (Christ’s Bride) held in such low esteem and constantly attacked, be the ‘religious’ and secular alike? Why is there general acceptance and so little public debate over the systematic killing of the unborn?
And finally the most important question: WHY ARE THERE SO FEW VOICES SPEAKING IN THEIR DEFENSE?
Knowing something is wrong is the first step. C.S. Lewis writes brilliantly about the Natural Law, and most of us do know when something isn’t right. But that’s only the first step. Since it’s hard to have a discussion or a debate without knowing where your foundation comes from or what it is. It’s up to you to learn your faith, history, moral cornerstones and political systems. It is then up to you to teach those who don’t know what these things are, what they mean or their value.
We have to learn, so we can teach. We have to teach so others will know. Others will know so our future will know.