19 September 2008

Irrational Unbelief

Many secularists of various stripes (atheists, humanists, etc.) would say that religion, especially Christianity and it's beliefs (in things such as the Holy Trinity, the two natures in Christ, and the Real Presence of Christ in His Supper), needs to be overcome and left behind in favor of a more reasonable, rational way of life. However, such "logical thinking" may not hold water. Those who try to get rid of religion, especially Christianity, may very well tend to be the more irrational and superstitious of the bunch! Here's an intriguing article by M. Z. Hemingway over at the Wall Street Journal.

Here's a little paragraph from that article to pique your curiosity even more:
Anti-religionists such as Mr. Maher bring to mind the assertion of G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown character that all atheists, secularists, humanists and rationalists are susceptible to superstition: "It's the first effect of not believing in God that you lose your common sense, and can't see things as they are."


Anastasia Theodoridis said...

This reminds me of a conversation I had with some of my son's friends maybe 15 years ago, so that would put them in their mid-twenties. They were shocked to discover I believed in demons.

Half an hour later they were discussing ghosts. They DID believe in those!

Emily H. said...

May our merciful Lord restore their sight!

Scott Larkins said...

It's not just the usual suspects. Talk to the Reformed on those subjects. Yikes!

Randy Asburry said...


Too funny!


I'm not sure I understand what you're saying/implying there, especially since the contrast of the cited article was between secularists and Christians in general. As I understand the point of that article, those who criticize Christianity for being "irrational" and "illogical" end up being even more irrational and illogical themselves.

So, you'll have to help me/us understand what you're getting at.