John C. Wright on the Sense…

of Wonder.

Wonder is the mother of art, philosophy, theology and science.

Incredibly, some people have a hard time telling the difference between ideology and the Catholic faith. The distinction is simple. The former has absolutely no room for wonder; the latter lives, moves, and has its being in Wonder.

The difference between the Catholic faith and ideology is that the Catholic faith is certain about a few truths (summed up in the creed) and lets the rest be mystery penetrable (to a degree) by human wonder playing out in the arts, science, philosophy, and theology. Ideologues, in contrast, glom on to an All-Explaining Theory of Everything that has to reduce all experience to Evolution, or Class Struggle, or Capitalism, or Electricity or whatever.

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  • Maolsheachlann

    “Concepts create idols; only wonder understands”. Gregory of Nyssa.

    “The world will never starve for want of wonders, but only for want of wonder”. G.K. Chesterton. I had a t-shirt made saying that.

  • http://www.likelierthings.com/ Jon W

    Scientists, even atheist scientists – perhaps especially atheist scientists – are at their best when articulating their own sense of wonder at the universe and our ability to understand it.


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