From the Atheist portal to the Catholic portal comes blogger Leah Libresco. The intellectual atheist explains her reasons for stepping into the Tiber here. I look forward to reading some more smart Catholic blogging.
One of the abiding problems in American Christianity is a kind of anti-intellectualism that reigns supreme in some quarters. “Ya’ll don’t wanna trust them innerleckshuls.” Those who run from the intellectual arguments often take refuge in personal religious experience of some kind. This is called fideism–and it’s a heresy. It’s often combined with Quietism– the retreat into a kind of passive religiosity which disengages from action and involvement–trusting passively in Divine Providence–to the exclusion of interaction.
I hope Leah’s presence will bring some fireworks as she enters and explores what the Anchoress calls our “Maddening, and beautiful church.”
Her conversion from Atheism to Catholicism reminds me of the quote often attributed to Evelyn Waugh that there are only two choices: Suicide or Catholicism.
Bl. John Henry Newman made a similarly stark statement–if not quite so radical as Waugh’s:
I came to the conclusion that there was no medium in true philosophy between atheism and Catholicism, and that a perfectly consistent mind, under those circumstances in which it finds itself here below must embrace either the one or the other.
For those who think things through you have to end up with all or nuthin’.
Here’s a post from the archives reflecting on this choice.