Friday, August 30, 2013

"I believe because it is absurd"

Credo quia absurdum is a Latin phrase of uncertain origin. It means "I believe because it is absurd" It is derived from a poorly remembered or misquoted passage in Tertullian's De Carne Christi defending the tenets of orthodox Christianity in the original Latin:
Crucifixus est Dei Filius, non pudet, quia pudendum est;
et mortuus est Dei Filius, prorsus credibile est, quia ineptum est;
et sepultus resurrexit, certum est, quia impossibile.
— (De Carne Christi V, 4)
"The Son of God was crucified: there is no shame, because it is shameful.
And the Son of God died: it is wholly credible, because it is unsuitable.
And, buried, He rose again: it is certain, because impossible."
The importance of these ideas is paramount. The believer will deny logic, reason, evidence, critical thinking and science. On the contrary she/he will follow the biggest nonsense as infallible dogma.
He/she will burn the scientist in the spike and massacre the “infidels” in the name of absurdities.
That is in fact the danger of any fundamentalism. The true-believer doesn’t disagree with the “infidel”. He hates him/her. (About Ufology becoming Religion.)

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