Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Truths poorly proved are still true

In his discussion of the role of philosophical inquiry in Christian life, Dietrich von Hildebrand lists as one of Christianity's perennial philosophical tasks that of "replacing weak arguments for an important truth with convincing ones." He writes:
This is an especially urgent work, for ... many naively believe that significant insights are false because the arguments that have been advanced in their support are not valid.
This, I think, is where René Girard's work comes in, for his anthropological insights contribute importantly to the ongoing Christian effort to account for the ineffable mystery to which Christians are obliged to give witness.

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