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Cardinal Pell’s ‘dangerous ideas’

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The Archdiocese of Sydney has sent out the full text of Cardinal George Pell’s address at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas. Frustratingly, it doesn’t seem to be up yet on the archdiocese’s website. Let’s hope it’s up soon.

Anyway, here’s a taster:

Even in tolerant societies God can and does provoke strong feelings, hatred and loathing. In some ways this is mysterious. Why be provoked by an absence?

God provokes the forces of evil and attacking the One, the True and the Good can bring out the darker side of the assailants, poisoning honest doubters and turning atheists into anti-theists. A person who is confident of his case does not need to be abusive, should try to answer objections, does not need to portray his opponents in the worst light always and in every circumstance.

It is an intriguing question why so many in the Western world today are unable to believe, especially those culturally attached to Christianity and Judaism. For me the issue is too important for polemics and self-indulgence.

I will continue to believe in the one true God of love, because like André Malraux I maintain that ‘no atheist can explain the smile of a child’.

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 7, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Posted in atheism, theology

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