I attended a talk on Saturday night by Douglas Farrow, a McGill University professor of Christian Thought and found it most challenging and a privilege to write about for the Catholic papers. Here is is published at B.C. Catholic.
Christians must speak about God in the public square to affirm true human dignity and freedom, McGill University professor Douglas Farrow told a gathering of health professionals Mar. 2.
Christians must also be willing to risk civil disobedience and suffer its consequences as western society lapses into denial of objective truth – a denial that stems from losing the connection between morality and faith.
“Governments and NGOs in Europe and the Americas are almost routinely demanding that Catholics accommodate themselves to things that are morally unacceptable,” said the professor of Christian Thought.
At an event sponsored by the Ottawa Catholic Physicians’ Guild, Farrow said the Christian notion of freedom is “in great jeopardy.” He described the “Age of Denial” in which many do not wish to be reminded, or do not want to know the objective truth about man and about God.
Farrow spoke of the way the understanding of objective reality and the truth of our dimorphic identity as male and female in the image of God has been damaged by the redefinition of marriage. He noted how Benedict XVI, now Pope Emeritus, last December had spoken about the trend towards replacing God’s gift of our biological sexual identity with the notion that sexual identity is merely a social construct.
Read the whole thing. Farrow is a prophetic voice in Canada. I am following his advice and reading Veritatis Splendor now.