A. I’m completely orthodox. I believe and advocate everything the Church teaches (if understood correctly).
B. I don’t believe or advocate x.
C. Therefore, the Church must not teach x, regardless of the evidence. Since I don’t accept it, x must be folk doctrine, or “culture,” or a misunderstanding of what Church leaders actually meant.
What’s wrong with this line of thought? Ideally, we should maintain an ability to evaluate what the Church teaches separately from whether we agree or disagree with it. Rather than taking our personal orthodoxy as axiomatic, we should evaluate our orthodoxy as part of our conclusions.
- 8 August 2010