Multiplication of opinions are different from the absoluteness of math |
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".
"Everyone believes in the absoluteness of the multiplication table, and agrees that two and two makes four. Ibsen, however, once said: "Maybe two and two make five in the fixed star." To this G.K. Chesterton retorted: "How do you know there are any such things as fixed stars, unless you keep adding over and over again, two and two make four?" Many persons adhere to certain causes with the same energy as they believe in the multiplication table, eg. labor leaders, chamber of commerce, staunch Democrats, strong Republicans, etc. The greatest convictions are in the field of religion, though these actually in modern society provoke less social disturbance than economic conflicts among economic groups."