Posts Tagged ‘ reason ’

Real-life Quotes From Adherents to Scientism

I’m baffled by the logical consistency and rational prowess of the flock of scientism-followers.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  I read that in a book Dawkins wrote and Bill Maher talked about, and he’s cool, so yeah.  That’s what I believe.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  ‘Cause faith doesn’t feel right to me.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  Because religious believers are just sheep following blindly.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  I couldn’t refute the logic of my philosophy 101 teacher, so that’s what makes the most sense to me.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  The Catholic Church did mean things to people 500 years ago, so science and logic and reason make more sense to me.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  Catholics are bigots, and I’m afraid of being called a bigot, so I’m all for science and reason.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  Faith is really hard.  So science and reason and logic are more my cup of tea.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  All the so-called gods are pretty much the same according to some anthropologist I read in Popular Science, so if they all sound the same, why would I believe in any one of them?

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.   Christmas is basically based on pagan ideas.  So science and logic and reason make more sense to me.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  My girlfriend is an atheist so I’m joining her.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  Religion is just opium, and I was basically chosen as the D.A.R.E. class representative, so I’m staying away from that junk.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  Didn’t people just invent religion because they didn’t have science yet?  Religion doesn’t exist because science explains things better.  Science can answer every possible question.  So religion doesn’t exist.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  99% of religious people are dumber while scientism-followers are smarter.  So there.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  Look–it hurts non-believers’ feelings when you say that religion may have some explanatory power.  Maybe for you, God exists, but for me, God doesn’t.

That is to say, there are some legitimate arguments against faith, using actual reason and logic instead of fallacious reasoning.  And there are some legitimately fallacious arguments for faith, to be sure.

Most of us value reason and logic.  Most of us want to live consistently with our values–but what a difficult journey for believers and non-believers alike!  How prone we all are to believing lies and false reasoning.

What It’s All About

I really liked this post about the ultimately humbling experience of writing and arguing for our faith.  Mirus admits that at times, when he gets so caught up in writing about the faith and defending the faith, that he turns gold into straw, as it were.  

The briefest realization of the immensity of God casts all of these efforts into the deepest shade. I trust this is not quite the outer darkness of which Scripture speaks (Mt 8:12, 22:13, and 25:30), but surely we must affirm with St. Thomas and Blessed John Henry that the barest experience of God makes dust and ashes of even our greatest personal efforts to make Him known.

This is my challenge sometimes, and one of the reasons I appreciate being off Facebook.  It is so easy for me to lose God in the face of my arguments for God (or His Church, or His Church’s teachings).  How much time I spend reading blogs and books about faith and culture, culture and faith, and how little time I spend living my faith in my culture!  How often I turn to blogs and books about apologetics and Christology and how infrequently do I spend time with God in his Word or with His Word in adoration!

Logically speaking, faith should enlighten reason.  First one encounters the thing to be defended, and then he defends it.  It turns out, I have been living backwards, defending the faith which I have not fully encountered.