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Who Hijacked Reality / #138 Reason is the enemy of faith.

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

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Journal Entry # 138

July 22nd, 2010

Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has.

Martin Luther

Reason is the enemy of faith.
Martin Luther

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While involved in a discussion on the internet over a quote from this 15th century German priest and theologian I did some research to understand who he was and ran across these other quotes by him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther

These quotes are basically the same and perfectly describe the essential barriers that have been erected between religious and non religious views/debate/discussion. The 2 are diametrically opposed, if either one concedes any ground then it will have to surrender to the other. So which one is right? Better yet how do we get past this dilemma?

The real question is which one will lead to the truth? Can there be a meeting of these concepts? I will first give you my response to these quotes.        

Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has.
Martin Luther

Reason is the enemy of faith.
Martin Luther 

 Does this mean that faith is the enemy of reason as well? If reason is a whore then who is its’ master? If all things are created by god then god is its’ master, then god is his own worst enemy.
Gary David Currie

It seems that reason and faith will always be at war. Why is it the enemy of faith? Is it because with reason comes knowledge? Does religion loose it grasp and hold on individuals when they question it. Is all faith blind to reason? To have faith is not to question but to submit and be obedient. Would you not want your children to learn to think for themselves? Do you want a wife/husband that can only obey? What kind of conversations would you have? Is not faith the destruction of free thinking and free speech? If you never question how we ever learn?

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Is this how you get blind followers?

Here is another quote by Martin Luther.

Faith is permitting ourselves to be seized by the things we do not see.
Martin Luther

Can we see reason? Is this contradictory to what he said earlier? Since we do not see reason should we allow ourselves to be seized by it? Now how do we deal with the contradiction of Faith and reason seizing us at the same time?

Faith is necessary in life. It is believing in things without evidence. Belief leads to a quest for understanding. This is how we learn. The problem is that you must never stop at faith because then it becomes control and control is the ultimate illusion. Faith must lead to reason where evidence will show if the faith is justified or not not.

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Seek the truth always

Gary David Currie