the value and peril of reason

amazing quote by blaise pascal, from pensees (as quoted in tim keel’s intuitive leadership):

if we submit everything to reason our religion will be left with nothing mysterious or supernatural. if we offend the principles of reason our religion will be absurd and ridiculous…. there are two equally dangerous extremes: to exclude reason, to admit nothing but reason.

4 thoughts on “the value and peril of reason”

  1. i guess this would say to allow the mysteries of god to be a mystery. to not try to have everything solved and figured out. but at the same time, dont brush away reason if something can be reasonably argued. ok, i can handle that. good quote.

  2. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately after having a conversation with a retired pastor friend. He all but dismisses revelation for the sake of reason. Our culture puts a lot of focus on reason. It was modernity’s God. My question, how can we respect reason, but submit it to the authority of revelation? Pascal gives a good start, I think.

  3. David Bosch in Transforming Mission has some excellent things to say about reason and the effects the Enlightenment had on the Church’s sense of mission

  4. You may be interested in reading the profound encyclical from former Pope John Paul II called….faith and reason (fides et ratio). Good stuff. Took an entire seminary course on the text.

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