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Re: Rationalism and Philosophy

Posted by Dr. Bob on October 16, 2002, at 21:59:37

In reply to Re: Rationalism and Philosophy Lou Pilder, posted by Dinah on October 16, 2002, at 16:46:37

> > > It takes much more courage to take a rational approach in looking at religion. Religious dogma fears rational thought and education...
> >
> > Doesn't it take courage to make a leap of faith? Without the safety net of logic? And doesn't rational thought also fear religion?
>
> Unless I misunderstand you both, both of you seem to feel that faith cannot be compatible with rational thought or logic. I assure you that this is untrue. A faith based on reason and logic can be deep and meaningful...

I certainly didn't mean to imply that religion is totally irrational or illogical, or never deep and meaningful...

> My faith came through study. Study of science and study of the religions of the world. I just came to believe through my studies, that the idea that this world was created through random chance was far less credible than belief in a higher power that guided its creation through the laws of physics...

What I meant was, faith at some point comes down to, well, faith, right? As opposed to evidence?

> faith
> 2 b (1) : firm belief in something for which there is no proof
> http://m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?faith

Would you say it was evidence of some sort that made the one belief more credible than the other?

Bob


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