An intellectual journey into faith

When I was an undergrad I came across the saying that learning a little philosophy leads you away from God, but learning a lot of philosophy leads you back.  As a young man who had learned a little philosophy, I scoffed.  But in later years and at least in my own case, I would come to see that it’s true.”

Edward Feser gives a potted intellectual biography, one with many parallels to my own journey. It gives a more technical explanation of why I find it difficult to take most atheism seriously.

The ever-wonderful and interesting Sarah Coakley on “The Vocation of the Priest-Scholar in the Secular University” – with bonus Nicholas Wolterstorff, who is also pretty good 🙂


I know you’ve taken it in the teeth out there, but the first guy through the wall, it always gets bloody, always. It’s the threat of not just the way of doing business, but in their minds it’s threatening the game. But really what it’s threatening is their livelihoods, it’s threatening their jobs, it’s threatening the way that they do things. And every time that happens, whether it’s the government or a way of doing business or whatever it is, the people are holding the reins, have their hands on the switch – they go bat shit crazy.
(From Moneyball; the more I ponder it, the more lessons I see there for the church)