In the Apologia Newman famously claims “that there is no medium, in true philosophy, between Atheism and Catholicity, and that a perfectly consistent mind, under those circumstances in which it finds itself here below must embrace either the one or the other”. I always felt the truth of this claim but exactly how it would be vindicated eluded me. Could one not be a convinced Theist without being convinced of the truth of any claim to positive revelation? Certainly one would err in rejecting the claims of the Catholic Faith upon which the marks of truth are so clearly engraved, but it did not seem as if this error automatically entailed the rejection of Theism as such.

A few years ago the connection was established for me when I read F.J. Sheed’s A Map of Life. Here Sheed develops a line of argument I first encountered with Maritain’s idea of ‘Moral Philosophy Adequately Considered’. Maritain argues that, because the first principle in practical reasoning is the last end, and because the last end in this order of providence is supernatural, adequate moral philosophy even qua philosophy requires revelation. Sheed refines this in way that might not have pleased Maritain (given the latter’s silly ideas about Integral Humanism).

Because the existence of God is demonstrable to natural reason and manifest to common sense and given that eudaimonism correctly describes human moral reasoning we can know by reason alone the possibility that God might bestow upon us a preternatural or supernatural end. Given this we can know by hypothetical necessity that God must have provided us with revelation to tell us whether our end exceeds our nature or not and if so what it is. This is because even if we had only a natural end God would still have to tell us in order to exclude the alternatives. God would owe this to His own justice because ‘what is last in execution is first in intention’ and thus moral action is impossible without revelation.

As this applies to the entire species (and indeed all intellectual creatures) it cannot be that God provides for this need by infused revelation else I would already know about it. So revelation must come to us mediated from an external source. In order for us to assent to God revealing and thus have the necessary certainty as to the validity of this revelation this mediating authority must be infallible. Only one authority on earth makes the necessary claims to be this authority: The Catholic Church.

Thus Theism in itself entails the truth of Catholicism. Concomitantly, in order to avoid Catholicism one has to become an atheist. Atheism however, involves Nominalism and Nominalism abolishes the traditional ground of social obedience: man’s shared social and political nature. This means that the State must justify obedience using contract theory. But contract theory is inherently incoherent because there is no contract and if there were not everyone (perhaps not even most people) would sign it. But the contract requires unanimity. So the State has to pretend that everyone has somehow agreed in advance to whatever it does either by driving the dissenters out of the political community or by denying the real existence of individual wills.

Contract theory therefore requires universal ideological dictatorship (the signatories to the contract versus everyone else to the death) or the myth of the General Will which in turn requires extreme nationalism (dissenting groups and minorities belonging to rival general wills to be eliminated). The family as a natural society in itself more plausible than the State but inherently weaker becomes the enemy. Realist Theists by denying the omnipotence of the State become enemies of the general will. Society itself as an organic expression of the family and the natural law becomes an affront to the Leviathan State which must crush all organic social forms in order to reduce its subjects to a collection of sterile isolated individuals associating only in unnatural ways fabricated and licensed by the state. ‘Gay marriage’ thus becomes the cornerstone of the atheistic anti-Society as marriage is of natural Society.

The idea ‘Gay marriage’ is designed to eradicate from the minds of the people is well expressed in section 41 of the Bunreacht na hÉireann: “The State recognises the Family as the natural primary and fundamental unit group of Society, and as a moral institution possessing inalienable and imprescriptible rights, antecedent and superior to all positive law.” It is essential to the Leviathan State to deny that anything is antecedent and superior to all positive law. Accordingly, the family must perish.