“I Believe in Philosophy” (script) scene from Hypatia
|Heladius Dignitary: The majority of us here…have accepted Christ. Why not the rest of you? It’s only a matter of time and you know it.|
Hypatia: Really? It is just a matter of time?…As far as I am aware, your God has not yet proved himself to be more just or more merciful than his predecessors. Is it really just a matter of time before I accept your faith?
Heladius Dignitary: Why should this assembly accept the council of someone who admittedly believes in absolutely nothing?
Hypatia: Synesius, you don’t question what you believe, or cannot. I must.
I related to this scene in Hypatia, because I experienced a similar situation, feeling and pressure, not only by others, but by the nearly inescapable presence and influence Christianity exercises. I never accepted the Christian beliefs about their Jesus Christ. But, I remember times in my life, feeling alone, because I could not be understood, as to why I cannot, and I gave a similar answer, though it was before I had known of this film.
Well, this clarion call comes from the nineteenth-century–
“The era of blind faith is gone; that of enquiry is here.”THE MAHATMA LETTERS
Let us embrace it as we begin.