Monday, October 03, 2011

Bad Logic leads to Bad Philosophy which in turn leads to Bad Theology

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

During training as a facilitator of Blessed John Paul II the Great's

Theology of the Body

I remember hearing a powerful Triune Truth. It came from Brian Butler
who is a "next generation" leader in the field of teaching
the Theology of the Body for Teens:

Bad Logic leads to Bad Philosophy,
which in turn leads to Bad Theology

The Culture of Death desires nothing more than that we make some bad logical calls.  Why?  Because then we will take as our own, a bad philosophy which will distance us from the Truth and from God.  This bad philosophy then compels us to distort the true image of God to accommodate the lies that we use to justify our errant actions. This distortion is bad theology.

Autonomy, Dualism, Hedonism,
Misguided Compassion and Utilitarianism

Properly understanding these five concepts is critical in this age
of post-modernism where the dictatorship of relativism rules.
Get them wrong (bad logic) and you will be easy prey for:


Get them right (relying on the Catholic Church's official teaching)
and you will be an effective witness and a mighty fortress
standing up for the Culture of Life, Love and the Family.

Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael


Alan Aversa said...

St. Thomas Aquinas, founder of Thomism (vide 24 Thomistic Theses and Pope St. Pius X's Doctoris Angelici), describes in his Sententia Ethic., lib. 6 l. 7 n. 17 [1211.] which subjects and in what order boys must learn (my emphases):

[T]he proper order of learning is that boys first be instructed in things pertaining to logic because logic teaches the method of the whole of philosophy. Next, they should be instructed in mathematics, which does not need experience and does not exceed the imagination. Third, in natural sciences, which, even though not exceeding sense and imagination, nevertheless require experience. Fourth, in the moral sciences, which require experience and a soul free from passions [...]. Fifth, in the sapiential and divine sciences, which exceed imagination and require a sharp mind.

Can you believe this? If St. Thomas thinks boys (pueri in the Latin of Sententia Ethic., lib. 6 l. 7 n. 17) should learn these, a fortiori seminarians must.

Mike Rizzio said...

Thanks for the comment Alan.

Alan Aversa said...

That quote shows how the order of learning the sciences would mitigate the problem of "Bad Logic leads to Bad Philosophy, which in turn leads to Bad Theology."

Also, which audience of Pope John Paul II's "Theology of the Body" does he mention "Bad Logic leads to Bad Philosophy, which in turn leads to Bad Theology"? Thanks