Posted by: L. E. Barnes | March 1, 2011

Don’t Dumb Down the Catholic Faith!

Fr. Robert Barron emphasizes the richness of the Catholic Church’s intellectual tradition:

Amen to that! As a Catholic convert, I’ve come to appreciate how the Church embraces both the spiritual and intellectual. It doesn’t create an artificial compartmentalization of the two. And during my years as a charismatic evangelical, I saw plenty of poorly educated preachers and even a tendency among many evangelicals to denigrate higher education. It was as if a religious book or a sermon wasn’t on the level of a comic book–Fr. Barron’s analogy is all too true, I’m afraid!–then they would complain that the writer or speaker was “intellectualizing” things and deviating from the simplicity of the Gospel. Please… God gave us an intellect, and we should use it! Thankfully, the Catholic Church recognizes this and has always held higher learning in high regard. And people such as Augustine, Aquinas, and a host of other great Catholic thinkers show that you can be both a highly devout Christian and deeply intellectual. It’s not “either/or” but “both/and”!


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