Why did the founder of Protestant Christianity say Reason is the enemy of faith
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02-03-2014, 10:44 PM
Why did the founder of Protestant Christianity say Reason is the enemy of faith
“Reason is a wh*re, the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.”
--Martin Luther, Protestant reformer
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03-03-2014, 07:00 AM
RE: Why did the founder of Protestant Christianity say Reason is the enemy of faith
Because it is unreasonable to remain blindly faithful. Drinking Beverage

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03-03-2014, 07:50 AM
RE: Why did the founder of Protestant Christianity say Reason is the enemy of faith
Because he is correct Smile

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03-03-2014, 10:13 AM
RE: Why did the founder of Protestant Christianity say Reason is the enemy of faith
(03-03-2014 07:50 AM)Monster_Riffs Wrote:  Because he is correct Smile

Aye. One core tenet of christianity is that all answers come from God. These answers are either given through the Bible, or (as the priests would prefer) from "interpretations" given by clergy. Many times, these answers rely on blind faith and trust. When someone uses reason, they will often come to a different conclusion than the pre-approved religious conclusion. This must be avoided. Clergy can't have the masses figuring stuff out on their own. What would they need the church for?

Reason and logic gave us the scientific method, which as been contradicting religious doctrine since we first started using it. This is why you see such a push back against science among believers. When you start out with the conclusion that all things come from God and are under his control, any evidence that says otherwise is by definition, blasphemous.

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03-03-2014, 02:49 PM
RE: Why did the founder of Protestant Christianity say Reason is the enemy of faith
This seems more at home in the Atheism and Theism section than History, just saying...

But the quote is right in the reason doesn't lend itself to the spiritual, it denies it.

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03-03-2014, 11:47 PM
Re: Why did the founder of Protestant Christianity say Reason is the enemy of faith
He said that partially because people were rationalizing random beliefs that came out of things not in the Bible.

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10-03-2014, 03:46 AM
RE: Why did the founder of Protestant Christianity say Reason is the enemy of faith
Because it was true, as several members have said. What intrigues me is that he saw the problem clearly, yet failed to break through to the obvious corollary. Faithheads have to be masters of self-deception.

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