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‘Christmas is the most radical antithesis to the vision of scientism’

Father Raniero Cantalamessa is the preacher of the Pontifical Household, which means he is the only one who preaches to the Pope. This is his message for Advent, which proves to be intriguing, as he will deal with 3 core issues, which are the central problems for our times: scientism, secularism and rationalism. The talk was titled: “The Christian Answer to Atheist Scientism”, and is an interesting connection between Christmas, Christianity and the current problems of our times. There are several insights on creation, I will highlight a few below. I’d say reading the entire text is a must, here.

  • On evolution: : “I do not fear the theory [of Darwin] […] It does not seem to me to follow that creation is denied because the Creator, millions of years ago, gave laws to matter. He first created matter and then he created laws for it –laws which should construct it into its present wonderful beauty, and accurate adjustment and harmony of parts gradually.
  • Effects of scientism: “The scientific vision of reality, together with man, even takes Christ away from the center of the universe with one blow. He is reduced, to used the words of M. Blondel, to “a historical incident, isolated from the cosmos as a false episode, an intruder or a lost soul in the crushing and hostile immensity of the Universe”
  • This vision of man also has practical reflections at the level of culture and mentality. Thus are explained certain excesses of ecologism which tend to equate the rights of animals and even of plants with those of man. It is well-known that there are animals that are looked after and fed much better than millions of children. The influence is perceived also in the religious field. There are widespread forms of religiosity in which contact and syntony with the energies of the cosmos has taken the place of contact with God as way of salvation

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