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Why Are Americans Resistant to Science?

Father of protestants Martin Luther said things like this:
"(...)[reason] is the Devil's greatest whore."

"But since the devil's bride, Reason, that pretty whore, comes in and thinks she's wise..."

"Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has: it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but--more frequently than not --struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God."

"Reason must be deluded, blinded, and destroyed. Faith must trample underfoot all reason, sense, and understanding, and whatever it sees must be put out of sight and ... know nothing but the word of God."

"Whoever wants to be a Christian should tear the eyes out of his reason."

So maybe there's natural distrust of reason in protestant culture.

Tue, 31 Mar 2009 08:06:00 UTC | #342072