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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Real Atheist Heroes

In his latest column, “The Atheist Indoctrination Project”, Dinesh D’Souza quotes several of the more prominent atheist voices, who have some interesting suggestions as far as religion is concerned.

These men of valor (though it is unsure where this comes from) not to mention fervor (though of course they’re not religious) crusade against the relentless onslaught of religious thought, and its effects on the minds of young children.

The Justice League (below) have nothing on Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, and Hitchens. justice-league.jpg

I wonder how the guys pictured above would fare against the flying spaghetti monster?