Forces of Unreason
  • Reason as an end in itself
    "We shall approach astronomy, as we do geometry, by way of problems, and ignore what is in the sky, if we intend to get a real grasp of astronomy."
    Plato, the Republic

  • Faith as superior to Reason
    "For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent."
    Paul, 1 Corinthians 1:19

  • Empirical knowledge as heresy
    "There is a certain heresy concerning earthquakes that they come not from God's command, but, it is thought, from the very nature of the elements... Paying no attention to God's power they [the heretics] presume to attribute the motions of force to the elements of nature... like certain foolish philosophers who, ascribing this to nature, know not the power of God."
    Philastrius of Brescia, c. 450 CE

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