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Single Idea 6609

[catalogued under 29. Religion / D. Religious Issues / 1. Religious Commitment / e. Fideism]

Full Idea

With respect to the mysteries of the Christian religion, reason is a blind whore.

Gist of Idea

With respect to religion, reason is a blind whore


Martin Luther (talk [1525]), quoted by Robert Fogelin - Walking the Tightrope of Reason n4.2

Book Reference

Fogelin,Robert: 'Walking the Tightrope of Reason' [OUP 2004], p.181

A Reaction

Reason is presumably a blind whore with respect to all impenetrable mysteries. Since the reason of Aquinas endorsed the mysteries of Christianity, the remark seems a bit strong, but it is appropriate if you think that only faith (in Christianity) matters.