Saturday, October 14, 2006

Rod Dreher leaves Catholicism for Orthodoxy   posted by Razib @ 10/14/2006 04:02:00 PM

Rod Dreher has a long piece about how and why he left Roman Catholicism for Orthodoxy. As an observer of religion as a natural phenomenon I was fascinated by the various parameters which compelled him to make such a drastic change. Keeping in mind what I've said about theology in the past, I was particularly interested by this:
I had to admit that I had never seriously considered the case for Orthodoxy. Now I had to do that. And it was difficult poring through the arguments about papal primacy. I'll spare you the details, but I will say that I came to seriously doubt Rome's claims. Reading the accounts of the First Vatican Council, and how they arrived at the dogma of papal infallibility, was a shock to me: I realized that I simply couldn't believe the doctrine. And if that falls, it all falls. Of course I immediately set upon myself, doubting my thinking because doubting my motives. You're just trying to talk yourself into something, I thought. And truth to tell, there was a lot of that, I'm sure.

I tend to be of the opinion that intelligent believers accept the reasons to believe because they already believe. Faith makes reason compelling, reason does not lead to faith.

Update: Here is Rod Dreher's blog. The post in question has been removed, reedited, placed back, removed multiple times. You'll never known when it shows up. Since the comments are via haloscan that couldn't be the issue since it is an offsite server.