In one venue, a commenter says of such conversions: "So it really is intellectual suicide on the order of what geocentrist fundamentalists ask of people." Elsewhere, in response to a Catholic's expressed admiration for an article by Dr. Koons on the subject of justification, a critic says:
I know for a fact that you don't really care anything about Dr. Koons' "excellent treatise on justification". You can't. You're Catholic...Unfortunately, it seems that these gentlemen do not seem to have understood things clearly.
It's not "what you think" but "whom do you trust?"
It isn't about what Dr. Koons thinks. You don't trust Dr. Koons. You can't. No matter how smart he may or may not be, he is just some guy with an opinion.
In the first place, as someone else pointed out on the first of these two blogs, the claim that Catholics commit intellectual suicide is simply absurd on its face, given converts such as these and other Catholics such as St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Thomas More, and Joseph Ratzinger (to name just a few). Such silliness hardly warrants a response, in one sense, because it is so manifestly at variance with the facts.
In the second place, these critics really ought to be wary of resorting to such attacks. What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, and if this sort of nonsense "works" against Catholics, it works no less well against Protestants in the hands of (for example) atheists. Atheists will say that Christians blindly accept what the Bible says, so that by becoming Christian we have all committed intellectual suicide. Here is just one example. A little more caution would seem to be in order: glass houses, stones, and all that.
But in the third place, it seems that these Protestant critics do not understand some things about the relationship of dogma, theology, and reason in general. In my next post, I hope to explain why Catholics have most certainly not jettisoned their brains at the church door.