I Thank God I am a Dunce?

The dunce cap and label was once associated with those who were advocates of Blessed Duns-Scotus. Like him, this author believes in the immaculate conception of the Mother of God by her blessed parents Saints Joachim and Anna. All other human conceptions were outside of the garden while the Mother of God’s is portrayed in the garden that is the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.

There are many who wish to be seen as intelligent. That is a form of lust for power and at its root, sinful. To be despised and rejected by the world is to pick up a cross. To be small, lowly and simple is an ancient and Orthodox path to sanctity.

In that hour Jesus rejoiced in Spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hid these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them to babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knows who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.

Today the “internet” is filled with articles, stories and blogs that tell us that Christians and religious are below average intelligence. Thank God. But I wonder if that is really the case. After all great scientists such as Maxwell, Gauss, Pascal, Pasteur, Carver and Father George Lemaitre were not intellectual dunces, though a couple certainly agreed with Duns-scotus.

In World War II, Von Neumann, at the time a secular Jew, figured out how to make the Plutonium Atomic Bomb that was used eventually, providentially used to wipe out the Catholic section of the city of Nagasaki. The dropping of that bomb on the part of the city where Catholics lived was surrounded by hills. This shielded the rest of Nagasaki from man’s wrath. The sacrifice of Catholics and the Cathedral of Saint Marys providence greatly reduced the overall death toll from the historic use of that weapon.

Von Neumann was perhaps most responsible for that horrible weapon’s invention. The key to making that bomb was near perfect uniform compression of very dense Plutonium to five times its normal density using 1940s era explosives. While all the other scientists were stumped and spent years in the effort, Von Neumann figured out how to do it in under four hours on a black board. He was considered by his colleagues to be the greatest mathematician in the world.

And Von Neumann, perhaps most responsible for that horrible weapon that killed many Catholic Japanese, converted to Catholicism on his death bed. Such was the genius of man, such is the providence of God, such is the sacrifice of Christians, such is the forgiveness of God and the tears of the Catholic Church.

Von Neumann was convinced that conversion to Catholicism made a great deal of sense, and he was convinced primarily by another Catholic, Pascal and his wager. There are many atheists who decry that wager, but it is built on a flawless logic that is standard in modern business, banking and industry.

Whenever we enter business we compute risk by multiplying or convoluting the odds of failure by cost. One similarly computes reward by convoluting success or positive outcome by anticipated profit. One then computes risk and reward, anticipated cost and benefit. That is a rational and standard method of making business decisions. It is also a standard method of computing risk and reward in insurance and safety analysis engineering.

The probability of God and the observation of God in history and in life is a non-zero probability. God is certainly infinity beyond infinity and irreducible complexity. The uncertainty principle certainly applies to whoever or (for the hopeless objective reductionist) whatever was In the Beginning that Created the finite Cosmos we live in.

The risk of hell is infinite, eternal. The benefit of heaven is infinite, eternal. Any number times infinity is infinity. Those who reject Pascal’s wager are therefore illogical, irrational and non-standard in their approach to problem solving. They are not even good materialists, and intellectually, they are fools even in a material reductionist sense. They do not even understand the things of the Earth, how could they understand the things of heaven?

The self stylized ‘brilliant’ atheists are taking a hell of risk and forgoing a heavenly reward by not seeking God. They have every inducement to do so with cold dispassion, and upon finding the reality of God they have every motivation to enter with us repentance; prayer, fasting, humility, confession of sins, forgiveness of others and when we fail, alms.

The solution to all our problems with others however is ourselves and the solution is found in endless prayer and repentance. As for studies that prove the truth we Christians are morons, let us thank God we are so stupid. The path to truth will never be popular or accepted in the world of man without God’s direct intervention.

God came to save us if we believed on Him, rely on Him. He did not come to condemn the world, but the world is condemned by unbelief and man is condemned by preferring the darkness to the light, because our deeds are dark. The Christian is not of inferior intellect, but should accept the moniker and spittle of the world, for before it hated us, it hated its Savior.

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