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John C. Wright on the Sense…

John C. Wright on the Sense… February 24, 2014

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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