U.S. Supreme Court
At Catholic Conference, Scalia Talks About Possibility of Miracles
Posted Mar 5, 2012 6:33 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Justice Antonin Scalia told a Catholic conference on Saturday that Christian beliefs may be derided by pundits and the media who wouldn’t believe a miracle if it happened under their noses.
Speaking in Denver at a Living the Catholic Faith Conference, Scalia told the crowd to have "the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity," the Denver Post reports.
Scalia said believing in a creator and the teaching of Jesus may not bring too much ridicule, but belief in the resurrection is sometimes seen as simple-minded, the story says.
"My point is not that reason and intellect need to be laid aside," Scalia said. "A faith without a rational basis should be laid aside as false. ... What is irrational is to reject a priori the possibility of miracles in general and the resurrection of Jesus Christ in particular."
Scalia is one of six Catholics on the U.S. Supreme Court.
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