Thinking Undermines Faith


This short article cites a study which concludes that people who think analytically tend to be less inclined to hold religious faith. The implication is that religious faith is a reflexive response to human emotional needs and that as the mind develops and processes rational thought, that the need for a person to maintain religious belief dwindles.  The authors of this study have condescendingly arranged their conclusions in a linear fashion, and don’t allow for the development of rational thought to come full circle. Your writer’s conclusion is that the deeper one studies the subjects of knowledge and faith, the greater the chance that that person may accept matters that are unexplainable, invisible, and incomprehensible.

Knowledge has for its object things that are visible and comprehensible. Knowledge is founded on experience and examination of its object. Faith, as we mention above, is rooted in things invisible and often incomprehensible. Faith is predicated upon belief of testimony to truth, and is based in the heart, although it is imparted through intellect. Agriculture is founded on faith; for no one who did not expect an inert seed to sprout with new life would ever expect to gather the fruits of his labor at some point in the future.  Mariners also are guided by faith as they prefer to sail storm tossed seas upon a fragile craft rather than the more stable surroundings of dry land. In this writer’s experience, he has witnessed a surprising number of educated professionals who maintain their faith, and do so while increasing their knowledge and experience. This extends to the ranks of monastics with whom I am acquainted, many of whom I note hold advanced degrees in the sciences and the arts.  From this I conclude the study highlighted here is incomplete.

Linked article:

http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-religion-analytical-thinking-20120427,0,5374010.story

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