Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Is Reason Rational?

"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...
"In so far as religion is gone, reason is going.  For they are both of the same primary and authoritative kind.  They are both methods of proof which cannot themselves be proved.  And in the act of destroying the idea of Divine authority we have largely destroyed the idea of that human authority by which we do a long-division sum.  With a long and sustained tug we have attempted to pull the mitre off pontifical man; and his head has come off with it."
~ G.K. Chesterton, in Orthodoxy

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