Posted by: L. E. Barnes | January 8, 2011

Sunday Snippets–A Catholic Carnival

Each Sunday, Rann hosts “Sunday Snippets” at her blog, “This That and the Other Thing.” Join us to read various Catholic blogs, or if you’re a Catholic blogger, add a link to your own blog.

My first post from the past week includes a 10-minute video clip of Fr. John Corapi sharing some of his testimony about how he was saved from his backslidden ways and became a priest. Very poignant and inspiring! The second post focuses on the recent attack on some Coptic Christians in Egypt. It includes a brief news clip about tensions in the wake of the attack and a couple of clips in which Pope Benedict reflects on this incident and offers words of consolation and advice. And today I posted my weekly “Sabbath Moments,” in which I share some of my refreshing experiences from the week.

Does being a believer mean that we stop using our brains? C.S. Lewis scoffed at the very idea:

Christ never meant that we were to remain children in intelligence: on the contrary, He told us to be not only “as harmless as doves,” but also “as wise as serpents”…. God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than of any other slackers. If you are thinking of becoming a Christian, I warn you you are embarking on something which is going to take the whole of you, brains and all. But, fortunately, it works the other way round. Anyone who is honestly trying to be a Christian will soon find his intelligence being sharpened: one of the reasons why it needs no special education to be a Christian is that Christianity is an education itself. That is why an uneducated believer like Bunyan was able to write a book that has astonished the whole world.

So don’t ever think, or let anyone tell you, that being a believer means you stop using your intellectual faculties!

Have a blessed week!



  1. This quote reminded me of a chide in another section:

    “It [Christianity] is meant for all men at all times and the particular programme which suited one place or time would not suit another. And, anyhow, that is not how Christianity works. When it tells you to feed the hungry it does not give you lessons in cookery. When it tells you to read the Scriptures it does not give you lessons in Hebrew and Greek, or even in English grammar. It was never intended to replace or supersede the ordinary human arts and sciences: it is rather a director which will set them all to the right jobs, and a source of energy which will give them all new life, if only they will put themselves at its disposal.” (source)

    I’m not convinced that Bunyan was uneducated. Maybe as compared with Lewis in his day, alright.

  2. This so reminds me of Pope Benedict XVI’s recurring theme of “faith and reason”. We are lost without both.

    • Absolutely. And I appreciate how the Catholic Church embraces both the intellectual and the spiritual, rather than seeing them as being diametrically opposed to one another. I’ve know some Christians who hold scholarship/higher learning in disdain or at least mistrust. (And I’ve even known some preachers who are proud of themselves for being uneducated!) God gave us both a mind and a heart/soul. We should use both!

  3. Amen, brother! 🙂

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