Svmer is icumen in, Lhude sing cuccu!
Well, Summer is indeed coming in and the cuckoo's are indeed singing loudly.
Here's one bit of such singing: Dr. Leslie Fairfield, professor emeritus at Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, said in an article posted on the Diocese of Pittsburgh's website,
"If you opt for Modernism, likewise, you give up reason. Let me say that again…if you opt for Modernism, you give up any hope of rationality or accurate knowledge. If "mind" is not a gift from God - a possibility that Modernism categorically excludes - then "mind" is simply a random product of genetic inheritance plus accidental environmental stimuli. Therefore a thought in my head is as likely to have been caused by some ancestral experience on the African savannah as it has of portraying the tree I'm looking at right now."
I have highlighted the pertinent bit so you can understand better why some church historians do not good epistemologists make. The whole article is an attack on modernism worthy of the worse sort of Vatican I mutterings from Rome or the tightest of turn of the century (1900) rising fundamentalism.
Here is a wonderful cartoon on the whole matter:
(Illustration depicting Modernism as the descent from Christianity to atheism. "The Descent of the Modernists", by E. J. Pace,Christian Cartoons,1922; republished in Seven Questions in Dispute, by William Jennings Bryan, 1924.)
And do you hear the echo of that other argument, the one about that other modern idea, that of evolutionary development, in which it was said that surely, we cannot be descendant from apes because we know we were created by God with "accurate knowledge."
And perhaps another echo, more insidious, involving some "ancestral experience on the African savannah…" that is, you know, primitive and ….