I thought you might be interested in this quote - certainly an amazing idea..."One should be aware that we always act as if we had an ultimate purpose in fact, as if our life made some sort of sense. I find students frequently flabbergasted, especially those who are agnostics, when I tell them that they all act, whether agnostics or not, as if they were immortal! Only under the assumption of immortality, of fulfillment beyond life, is the seriousness of action intelligible, which they actually put in their work and which has a fulfillment nowhere in this life however long they may live." (Eric Voegelin from Stanford University as quoted in Another Sort of Learning by Fr. James Schall)
I think that Chesterton would have gone to the talk and then he would have blogged about it. Which my mom and I would do except we're afraid that our giggles would disrupt the service(:
Chesterton to the rescue:"Whatever be the truth about toleration, the very worst danger of intolerance comes from the broad-minded. Whatever else is the right method for the saving of liberty or charity, the very worst way is the way of those who are always saying that they have no dogmas, that they recite no creeds, that they need no priests and no sacraments; that they are content with a religion that is spiritual and free. Whoever else is or ought to be tolerant or intolerant, those broad-minded people will always end by being ruthlessly and ragingly intolerant. And the obvious reason is that, having no definition of orthodoxy they can have no definition of heresy. When they are in one mood they will call anything orthodox; and when they are in another mood they will call anything heretical."Read the full essay, The Infinite Fanatic, in the June issue of Gilbert Magazine. :-)
I have got to add that that is one of the funniest things I have ever seen. Chesterton grew up a Unitarian Universalist, so he would have a high time demolishing the "ideas" (such as they are) behind such an advertisement.
I think he'd have gone, stood up in the middle of it and coolly refuted all their falsehoods/ mistakes... and had a great time doing it too.
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