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MelM's Avatar Jump to comment 18 by MelM

Important and well said!

But the fact that intelligence is not infallible does not justify any general skepticism about reason. In any case, what would it mean to ‘be more skeptical’ about reason? ‘Being skeptical’ itself only means taking care to scrutinize the justification for a claim before believing it. That's not any different from the appropriate use of reason in the first place.

I quote from Timothy Keller's book "The Reason For God":
...skeptics must learn to look for a type of faith hidden within their reasoning. All doubts...are really a set of alternative beliefs. You cannot doubt Belief A except from ... faith in Belief B.
Every doubt, therefore is based on a leap of faith.
Conclusion: our beliefs are irrational and we should shut up.
This stuff is toxic.

Thu, 02 Apr 2009 13:00:00 UTC | #343059