What do you think about “free-thinking?” This has long been a term that just seemed like nonsense to me, and I knew it was nonsense when I thought about raising children this way. As I’ve read St. Thomas and encyclicals from Pope Pius X and Pope Leo XIII about Modernist thought, I’ve come to understand this term better, and understand better why the Church rejects that idea. See my latest article at Integrated Catholic Life (TM).
A “freethinker” is defined as one who forms opinions on the basis of reason independently of authority, especially one who denies religious dogma. Perhaps unbridled intellectual freedom sounds seductive at first, but is this really a good idea?
Consider children. Truth is basically simple and if an idea wouldn’t make sense at a fundamental level to a child, then the idea is probably nonsense. For instance, imagine explaining to a five-year-old that he has free reign to think and conclude whatever he wants, permission to be an absolute free-thinker. Sound good?
“William, go for it! You are your own authority. Explore all possibilities independently, pick your own symbols, decide for yourself what is right and wrong, and try anything without restraint.”
What would William do?
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