In some cases, right.
And I see that this blog went off-topic in the first paragraph. That may be a new record for me. (I've posted about men, women, Christianity and a marketing campaign gone wrong before.)
What I meant to focus on was the notion that religion is - by its nature - irrational. Even anti-rational. Quite a few people believe that it is.
I don't. Even though I've run into enough 'religious' individuals and groups who seem to go out of their way to prove that religion is nonsense. Which is why I converted to Catholicism. Which is yet another topic.
But just because some folks treat faith as if it was dependent on emotion ('do you feel saved?) - I don't have to go with the flow.
Long before I converted, or even knew much about Catholicism, I'd figured that the universe couldn't have been put together by someone who didn't have much sense. Turns out, I'm not the first person to come up with that notion:
"...'The Summa Theologiae, his masterpiece, reflects Thomas' serene confidence in the harmony of faith and reason, and in the ability of reason, enlightened by faith, to come to an understanding of God and his saving plan.'..."I lifted that quote from someone else's blog - and verified it against a video taken at the Vatican this week.
(Pope Benedict XVI, general audience (June 23, 2010))
(also quoted in Catholicseeking)
The Thomas Pope Benedict XVI was talking about is Saint Thomas Aquinas, one of the Catholic Church's intellectual heavy hitters. We've had quite a few of those, over the last couple millennia.
"Benedict XVI says believing in God is logical and reasonable"
romereports YouTube (June 23, 2010)
"www.romereports.com For the third week in a row, Benedict XVI dedicated his general audience to St. Thomas Aquinas. The Pope cited Thomas' work as a source of profound theological truths."
- "It's Faith and Reason"
(June 19, 2010)
- "Reason, Faith and 'What Folks Know, that Just Ain't So' "
(June 4, 2010)
A tip of the hat to catholicseeking, on Twitter, "Benedict XVI says believing in God is logical and reasonable," Catholicseeking (June 24, 2010)) for the heads-up on Benedict XVI's remarks, and that video.