I just knew that, sooner or later, my love of language and my general disdain for organized religion would crash into each other, and cause me grief. In scanning some Atheist/anti-Atheist blog-posts recently, I came upon the Word Of the Week, which is
broad or wide-ranging in tastes, interests, or the like; having sympathies with all;
universal in extent; involving all; of interest to all.
pertaining to the whole Christian body or church.
Origin of catholic
1300-1350; Middle English < Latin catholicus < Greek katholikós general, equivalent to kathól(ou) universally (contraction of phrase katà hólou according to the whole; see cata-, holo- ) + -ikos -ic
The word ‘catholic’ is a Janus-word, one of a few in English which have 2 different, contradictory meanings, like ‘cleave’, which can mean to split into pieces – or to make pieces into one solid whole, or the verb ‘table’, which can mean to set aside and not deal with – or to deal with immediately.
Even when the word catholic was first used to describe the Christian church/religion, the existence of Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, etc., clearly show that it violated definition #2. It was not universal! It did not involve or was of interest to all!
The longer it has existed, the more it has diverged from definition #1. Instead of being broad-minded, liberal, and sympathetic to all, it has become increasingly more hidebound, narrow-minded and dogmatic.
The Roman Catholic Church even violates the third definition. It does not represent the entire body of the Christian faith, as proved by the existence of 33,000 Protestant denominations. It split, or was split from, the Greek Orthodox Church, and the Russian Orthodox Church. Even just linguistically, it cannot claim to be an only child, when it obviously has two brothers.
I hear/read Christian Apologetics try to deny evolution by asking questions like, “If we came from monkeys/apes, why are there still monkeys/apes?” I just want to scream, “Are you really as stupid and narrow-minded as that question makes you appear? Read a book – not just The Good Book.” If all dogs came from wolves, why are there still wolves? Or better, if all Christian denominations came from Catholic, why are there still Catholics? We didn’t ‘come from apes/monkeys.’ Apes, monkeys and humans all came from a common ancestor. It’s just that some of us are a little more evolved than others.
In arguments/discussions about Christianity/Faith/Bible, Christian Apologetics have answers to explain away every single thing, but not for everything. If doubt were a building, they have individual arguments to refute bricks, doors, windows, floors and roofs – but not the entire house. Their arguments against bricks contradict their claims denying the existence of windows, etc., etc., etc.! 😦 😯