Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Rationality vs. Faith

Was told not too long ago that believing in an old book like the Bible is noble but dubious. How can you believe stuff with many layered meanings?

Well, I respond by quoting G.K. Chesterton from "Orthodoxy":
The peril is that the human intellect is free to destroy itself...It is idle to talk always of the alternative of reason and faith. Reason is itself a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all. If you are merely a sceptic, you must sooner or later ask yourself the question, "Why should anything go right; even observation and deduction? Why should not good logic be as misleading as bad logic?.." The young sceptic says, "I have a right to think for myself." But the older sceptic, the complete sceptic, says, "I have no right to think for myself. I have no right to think at all."

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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Rationality vs. Faith

Was told not too long ago that believing in an old book like the Bible is noble but dubious. How can you believe stuff with many layered meanings?

Well, I respond by quoting G.K. Chesterton from "Orthodoxy":
The peril is that the human intellect is free to destroy itself...It is idle to talk always of the alternative of reason and faith. Reason is itself a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all. If you are merely a sceptic, you must sooner or later ask yourself the question, "Why should anything go right; even observation and deduction? Why should not good logic be as misleading as bad logic?.." The young sceptic says, "I have a right to think for myself." But the older sceptic, the complete sceptic, says, "I have no right to think for myself. I have no right to think at all."

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