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Saturday, 29 December 2012

The Holy Spirit and the Narrow Way

I had a fascinating discussion with a young person who wanted to know what to do about getting youth to be open to religion and Christ. This conversation was preceeded in twenty-four hours by another youth wanting to know how to bring Christ and morality into the arts. This discussion was the second in a series, which included a medical student relating the entire lack of religion in her peer group. Another young person wanted to know what to give for reading material for Catholics surrouded by pagans. In all these cases, the young people thought that using the attractive methods of teaching and psychology, and even other religions would be useful. I am convinced that things of the world only help the believer. Compromise confuses most people who cannot sort or sift or string ideas or events into a pattern. Conversion is like the the surgeon's knife, not like an afternoon on at the lake. Christ is the Narrow Way to Truth and salvation. Nothing can steal the basic Gospel message. Compromise confuses people. The way to destroy relativism is not with more but with total conviction of the heart, mind and soul. I do not think we have time to engage the world.


Edward said...

There's so much ignorance about. Most people - Catholics included - are so stuck in the Cartesian/Humean mire that they think of belief as being first about feelings. I walk into Waterstones, and all the books in the philosophy section are atheistic. Most people, especially the professional class, think the Faith is for stupid people.

I've recently thought about producing a website (and maybe a series of booklets or leaflets) outlining the logic behind the Faith. Start with the nominalism that materialism logically must lead to, and how this destroys the objectivity of science, and even the possibility of objective thought. And go from there.

Has anybody done this? There's a CTS booklet called 'Reasons to Believe', and a few other books out there (thinking especially of Edward Feser here), but nothing that has reached a wide audience.

Obviously one can be intellectually convinced and still reject the Faith, but this is only a problem if you conflate neccessity and sufficiency.

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