Catholic education leads young philosophy students to the truth

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Vince Cascone is the archdiocese school principal.

by Vince Cascone

This is a continuation of my September 30 Truth article.

A lesson given by a theology teacher at one of our archdiocesan high schools earlier this year was shared with me recently.

Before the students entered the classroom, the teacher simply wrote on the chalkboard at the front of the room the quote, “Is everything in the Bible true?” Imagine the discussion that ensued as 20 teenagers debated this simple yet profound question.

Although “yes” would be the short answer, the students continued to discuss such things as whether or not the writers of the books of the Bible were inspired of God, whether all things in the Bible should be taken literally, and what “truth” means. is .”

As Catholics, we believe that Jesus is “the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). We all know the saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

However, relativism is the philosophy that reality is also in the eye of the beholder. Relativism has created such quotes as: “You have your truth and I have my truth.” Relativism by its very nature creates confusion about any objective truth.

When we allow emotions to be our masters, and not primarily the guides they are meant to be, we can be trapped in a relativistic world, perpetually confused by the same question Pontius Pilate famously asked when he caught his eye Jesus looked, “What is truth?” (John 18:38).

Philosophy is defined as “the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence”. Philosophy is what makes people seek the truth.

As Saint John Paul II said: “Man is by nature a philosopher” (Fides et Ratio, 64). We have a natural desire to seek knowledge and truth and to try to understand the purpose of our existence.

Can you imagine the confusion our young people must feel when their innate desire for knowledge and truth collides with the force of a culture struggling to express such obvious objective truths as the definition of what a woman or a man is? define?

Our Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, strive to work with parents, as the primary educators of their children, to help our young natural philosopher students discern the truth. We do this by helping them see truth, beauty and goodness in the world around them.

One need only examine things like the beauty and complexity of the vast universe or the tiny cells that make up the wonder of the human body to see the truth that a great architect exists.

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