St. Theophan the Recluse on Modern Cosmogeny

theophanrecluse“The Sadducees had a seemingly insoluble objection to the resurrection; but the Lord resolved it with a few words to them, and so clearly that everyone understood and acknowledged the Sadducees to have been beaten by the truth of His word. What the Sadducees were then, unbelievers of all sorts are now. They have heaped up a multitude of fanciful suppositions for themselves, elevated them to the status of irrefutable truths and plumed themselves on them, assuming that nothing can be said against them. In fact, they are so ungrounded that it is not even worthwhile speaking against them. All of their sophistry is a house of cards– blow on it and it flies apart. There is no need to refute it in its parts; it is enough to regard it as one regards dreams. When speaking against dreams, people do not prove the absurdity in their composition or in their individual parts, but only say, “It’s a dream,” and with that they resolve everything. It is the same with the theory of the formation of the world from a nebula and its supports, with the theory of abiogenesis and Darwin’s origin of genera and species, and with his last dream about the descent of man. It’s all like delirium. When you read them you are walking in the midst of shadows. And scientists? Well, what can you do with them? Their motto is, ‘If you don’t like it, don’t listen, but don’t prevent me from lying.'”
– St. Theophan the Recluse (source, Thoughts for Each Day of the Year, Monday after the 28th Sunday after Pentecost)

Comments

  1. Very nice! This speaks of proper reality without getting caught up in pagan paradigms.

  2. Absolutely. St. Theophan is so important, being as he was so very close to us in time and familiar with western thought and life as they were taking shape in the 19th Century– the century, as St. Justin of Chelije writes, of the ascendancy of atheism. Because of St. Theophan’s proximity to us and his connection to the golden chain of Tradition, we can really learn from him how to live an Orthodox life and hold to the truth of the faith amidst challenges from secular “learning.”

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