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Friday, September 16, 2011



Dr. Kreeft continually vacillates between substantial insight and simple silliness. I think this excerpt falls into the latter category. Surely Chesterton had the better insight here: the sacraments are not shocking, they are what we should expect as physical beings. Everything else in our life combines our physical and our spiritual realities: surely the God who created us as a union of body and soul should have a plan for our salvation that reflects as much. So on and so forth.

That's not to say that Dr. Kreeft's excerpt is worthless, or that he doesn't actually feel that way. It is just to say that Chesterton's take on the subject is better.

Davod K. Monroe

Chesterton may have the superior insight (I don't think Kreeft would deny such a notion), but surely the sacraments are shocking to many, as so much blood and ink has been spilled in an effort to deny Catholic teaching on the Sacraments. The unity of the spiritual and the material that the Sacraments demands is indeed a scandal. It's much simpler to hold to a more radical dualism. Rebellion resists unity whereever it is found.

The only point I would quibble with Kreeft is in the notion that the Sacraments are somehow "unfree." They are as free as a thing can be - all this is required is the will to receive them.


To the Catholic sensibility it is not primarily words but matter that is holy because God created it, incarnated himself in it, raised it from death, and took it to heaven with him in his ascension.

To me this summarizes a great insight that I'm sure both Chesterton and Kreeft have gained. I've said it so many times about so much of Catholic teaching, but I cannot help repeating it. Any understanding as a convert that I have been able to gain has been through meditation on the Incarnation. The more we truly grasp its implications the more Catholic doctrine falls naturally into place.

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