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It can be a struggle to be an Intellectual Christian.  We have the emotional (and usually more extroverted, though many of us are extroverts as well) brethren in church and the intellectual or pseudo-intellectual secular crowd outside of it.

Our spirits commune with our more exuberant brothers and sisters in Christ.  We, too, know God.

But our minds also are quick and sharp and questioning.  We reject the idea that there is no God, but we also reject the idea that we must check our brains at the door when we accept Christ.

This ambivalence will leave us alone and at risk unless we learn to reconcile our minds and our spirits.

The good news is that this ambivalence is a relatively new invention of society and as such, we are free to reject it outright.  In fact we should.  We can look all the way back to Luke to see that an intelligent, organized, thinking man can, and should, also be incredibly devout.  Or even further–Solomon.

Let’s go a little closer in the timeline and look at Pascal–mathematical genius and incredibly devout.  Let us look at Saint Augustine and Saint Aquinas–brilliant men of God.  Let us look to Descartes, whose geometry haunts the dreams of high schoolers, part of whose philosophy has been co-opted by secular humanists, but was a highly devout genius.  In fact, his “I think, therefore I am.” was not his first “given” in his quest to understand, but rather it was that God exists (I am not referring to his maxims in his quest, which were more a code of conduct to guide his discovery, not discoveries themselves).

There was a time when reason and faith were not set up to be competitors like gamecocks in a fight.  We will re-establish order in ourselves and perhaps in others where faith ultimately rules, but intellect is a respected and valued second in command.

Please feel free to post questions, RESPECTFUL fence testing, interesting thoughts.  Give yourself permission to be intellectual and holy–this is how the Lord made you.

 

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