When Reason is Not Enough

Here we are in the Age of UN-Reason.

(call it nuts, crazy, wacky, weird or downright dangerous, we live in strange times)

But there’s no good reason to give up on Reason (rationality, logic, common sense).

It’s certainly integral, intrinsic to our “salvation” or plain old sanity.

Thomas Paine wrote in the Preface to The Age of Reason:

“The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason.  I have never used any other, and I trust I never shall.”

Yet, reason doesn’t always work, at least when someone takes an unreasonable position on something (like politics, religion, science, the environment … ).

I heard this on a podcast early this morning, and it makes sense, while it makes me wonder:

“You can’t reason someone out of a position they didn’t come to by reason in the first place.”

Think about that.

It could be discouraging, or just disturbing enough to make us realistic when it comes to changing minds … even our own.

Reasonable thoughts?


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  1. If you do not consider god first in all things, there is no room for god in any thing. If one chooses to give faith the benefit of the doubt, there is no room for reason. No religious doctrine has ever supplanted a scientific principle, ever! or any carefully reasoned idea for that matter. Using reason to confront faith is considered an affront to the validity of hope and is considered an attack of character. Only by a special awareness is deconversion successful.

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