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effort to make higher-quality mistakes by asking higher-quality
questions about that faith St. Augustine called "ever ancient, ever
new." Nonetheless, it may be important to recall that this is not the first
time that Catholicism has appeared to be ridiculous to grown-ups:
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to
us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, "I
will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the
clever I will thwart." Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe?
Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the
wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world
did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the
folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews
demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ
crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to
those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of
God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser
than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
1. 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 RSV

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