Growing spiritually calls for growing intellectually. In our pragmatic American culture, we don't sufficiently see this connection. I'm on my own mission to convince the willing to seek healing for this blindness. To grow spiritually always involves growing in understanding. To grow in understanding is exactly what growing intellectually means.
What gets in our way?
For one thing, growing intellectually seems like it demands lots of leisure time, which most of us think we don't have. But don't we? Is lack of time really a problem? How much discretionary time do you have daily? Even if you are extremely busy, could you find an hour a day to read, think, and pray? Do a time audit. How much time do you spend on social media? In front of the TV? (I have the same struggle.)
For another, time constraints aside, many people simply don't connect the intellect to spiritual growth. It is enough to feel some...