Reason and Faith

Ever since I started reading CS Lewis, I’ve been interested in reading some of the figures who influenced him. One of these was English journalist (among other things) GK Chesterton (1874-1936).

Another favorite author of mine, Ravi Zacharias, often quotes Chesterton (right) so with this in mind, I sought to obtain a copy of what appears to be Chesterton’s seminal work , Orthodoxy.

The book was been quite enjoyable to this point (don’t expect this to change) and I can see a lot of Lewis in the writing (I know it’s the other way around).

In chapter 3 (“The Suicide of Though”) Chesterton points out the following,

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? They are both movements in the brain of a bewildered ape?”

Sounds reasonable doesn’t it?

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