Re: Landscape With Dragons revisited
- --- In email@example.com, John D Rateliff <sacnoth@...> wrote:
> > From: jef.murray
> > Sent: Monday, August 28, 2006 7:49 AM
> > I have to take exception here. O'Brien is not a
> > fundamentalist, (an orthodox Catholic could never
> > be so considered)
> Afraid you've lost me here; can you explain?
Roman Catholics cannot, by definition, be called fundamentalist.
This is simply because Catholicism, unlike Christian fundamentalism,
does not insist that all truth is contained in scripture. In
Catholicism, there is ongoing revelation through the teachings of the
church (e.g., encyclicals and other documents approved by the church
Magesterium) and through the writings and teaching of saints
throughout the ages. The Catholic world looks for understanding of
complex situations through prayer and discernment. And its
understanding of God's revelations to man can and does change over
time, albeit generally in nuance, not in the basic tenets of the church.
Fundamentalism, by contrast, insists that the truth of all
experience must be filtered through a fixed set of writings, and that
these writings are, in themselves, infallible. There are Christian
fundamentalists, and I believe that all of these are Protestant in
some form or fashion. There are also fundamentalist Muslims. And, for
all practical purposese, that term might be applied to any religion
that has a fixed and unchanging canon of scripture and that does not
believe in any authority outside of that scripture.
I would agree with you that Michael O'Brien's positions might seem
somewhat like those of many fundamentalist Christians. However, to the
secular world, an orthodox Catholic can appear to be radically
conservative on some issues (e.g., abortion), while being
simulataneously radically liberal on others (e.g., being against the
war in Iraq, and being intolerant of societal poverty and inequality).
This "strange" balance is what defines Catholicism, as G.K. Chesterton
was fond of pointing out.
I hope some of this helps....
- Hello fellows:
I've been off-list for some time. One reason is that
I've been looking after an early Mythopoeic personage,
Jon Lackey. He was the producer of the "Greater
Trumps" masque that was mounted at
the second Mythcon in 1971. He had been in ill health
for much of this previous year.
I'm sorry to report that he passed away on February
26th of cancer.
He was an enormous influence on my life, as well as
many others. He was involved with the very
first campaign to produce a film of "Rings" in 1957.
A major contributor to the SCA, LASFS, a tutor and
mentor to many, RenFair performer, artist, sculptor,
costumer, composer, and so much more.
Please pass this information on to anyone who might
have known him, and have them contact me
as regards a planned memorial.
Bonnie S. Callahan