One of the enduring debates in Christian theology concerns the relationship between the faith expressed in the Holy Scriptures and the rational philosophy of the Greek tradition. It was St. Thomas, of course, whose Summa Theologica offered the ultimate statement of the thesis that faith and reason are completely compatible. According to tradition [which is incorrect, alas], it fell to the early Church Father Tertullian to stake out the most extreme opposed position, viz, that faith and reason are utterly incompatible, compelling us therefore to choose between them. Tertullian is supposed to have said not merely that he believed the Good News of the Scriptures despite the fact that it contradicted reason, but that he believed because it contradicted reason: Credo quia absurdam, I believe because it is absurd.
Which brings me to the pressing question of the day, Can Bernie win the nomination? I have just finished reading this analysis of that question on The Huffington Post by a for-real college professor [than which one cannot do better, right?]
To which my response is, Credo quia absurdam.
Oh ye of little faith!