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Two Cheers For The Reformation … Well … Sorta … Kinda … Part I

Two Cheers For The Reformation … Well … Sorta … Kinda … Part I

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Well, it looks like I missed the Party! I knew about the Party, all right. But notwithstanding, I missed the Party, anyway.  I missed the Party because – quite candidly, and despite being aware of the Party – I honestly didn’t know, still don’t know, what we were supposed to celebrate, rather like being expected to celebrate when your doctor tells you that you need four consecutive colonoscopies on four consecutive days. How happy duzzat make ya?! OK … not to be obtuse ... the Party I missed was the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation.  For convenience, many church historians – with quite good reason -- date the Protestant Reformation as having “officially” begun on 31 October, 1517, the date when an Augustinian monk, Martin Luther, nailed his legendary “95
A Response To Peter Wehner On Faith And Doubt

A Response To Peter Wehner On Faith And Doubt

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On Christmas Day of 2017, Peter Wehner, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, published an op-ed in the New York Times in which he argued on the basis of Jesus’ teaching that, while faith and doubt are complementary, faith is nevertheless superior to doubt as a guide to life, thought, and morality. As a corollary, Wehner argues that faith is consequently also superior to both doubt and reason for such purposes. For the purposes of this reply, I will assume that Wehner intends for his argument to apply to both comparisons synonymously:  faith vs. doubt, faith vs. reason. This equivalence is justified by Wehner’s own argument.  The problem with Wehner’s argument is that it undermines itself if we attempt to apply it in contexts other than the purely individual and idios