Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Saturday that people of faith should not fear being viewed by "educated circles" as "fools for Christ."
The justice was in Baton Rouge, La., to address the Knights of Columbus Council 969 centennial celebration. He told a crowd of 350 that there's nothing wrong with "traditional Christianity," Penny Brown Roberts reports at www.theadvocate.com.
"To believe in traditional Christianity is something else," Justice Scalia said. "For the son of God to be born of a virgin? I mean, really. To believe that He rose from the dead and bodily ascended into heaven? How utterly ridiculous. To believe in miracles? Or that those who obey God will rise from the dead and those who do not will burn in hell?
"God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools ... and he has not been disappointed."
Justice Scalia praised "traditional Catholics" who say the rosary, go on pilgrimages, kneel during the Eucharist and "follow religiously the teaching of the pope," adding that "intellect and reason need not be laid aside for religion."
"It is not irrational to accept the testimony of eyewitnesses who had nothing to gain. There is something wrong with rejecting, a priori, the existence of miracles."
The justice added: "If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world."
WashTimes 25 Jan 05