And, there's the predictable stuff from current serious thinkers. Like today's quote:
"Rational arguments don't usually work on religious people. Otherwise, there wouldn't be religious people."The Wikipedia article on Doris Egan starts: "Doris Egan (1955-) is an American screenwriter, producer, and writer...." She's a few years younger than I am, but we're nearly contemporaries.
- Doris Egan
Which is why I think I may know what she means.
Faith, Reason, and Cherished American AssumptionsOver the decades, I've encountered a fair number of very 'religious' folks who reinforce the notion that reasonable people can't be religious: and vice versa. Some of them even believe it, themselves.
Then there are the well-read 'Bible Christians' who come up with such phrases as "a good Christian: like David." The David, king of Israel, had run-ins with King Saul, killed Goliath: that David. The one who lived and died centuries before Jesus of Nazareth was born.
I'm not making up that assertion that 'King David was a Christian,' by the way. I rather wish I was. It was on a pre-recorded radio program: so I'm pretty sure it wasn't a slip of the tongue.
More important than the occasional chronologically-challenged preacher, I think, is the deep-rooted cultural assumption, so dear to so many Americans, that faith and reason, religion and science are not only polar opposites: but are in conflict.
I'm pretty sure that the 'faith vs. reason' notion is endemic to most if not all Western cultures, too.
Faith, Reason, and ExpectationsI don't expect to change that sort of belief - any more than I'd expect to alter the assumptions of that 'David was a Christian' fellow.
I'll just say that I converted to Catholicism in part because anything I believe has to make sense. I've written about this before.
- "Science vs. Relgion: the Same Tired Old Line"
(June 5, 2010)
- "Reason, Faith and 'What Folks Know, that Just Ain't So' "
(June 4, 2010)
- "Assumptions About Religion, and American Rules of Etiquette"
(April 14, 2010)
- " 'If you must see ghosts ...' Materialism, Being Spiritual, and Uncle Deadly"
(December 18, 2009)
- "Why Did I Convert to Catholicism?"
(November 24, 2009)
- "Copernicus, Galileo, Science and a Reality Check"
(October 26, 2009)
- "I'm Not Awed by Authority, I Don't Conform Easily: So I Became a Catholic?!"
(September 19, 2009)
- "Faith and Reason, Religion and Science"
(March 20, 2009)