Okay, I’ve been feeling bad about that last sentence in that last post, about how if you’re Catholic it’s important not to think too much. It was snarky and ill-considered, but the main problem with it is that it confuses two separate realms. I’ve written about this before: you can’t think your way into religious belief. Faith and reason are two different animals.
My problem is I’m just too firmly ensconced in the reason camp. I’m like Thomas: show me the wounds, and I’ll believe. I’m envious of people who don’t need this proof, who really believe there’s a god up there waiting for them, along with all their resurrected relatives. What troubles me, though, is the certainty many religious people have that they are right – not only about their god but about what other people should be doing and not doing. That was my experience with Catholic priests, and that’s where my snarkiness comes from.