Tuesday, January 4, 2011

What Happens When I Read Descartes in the Morning

The attempt to divorce reason from revelation is itself irrational. Reason cannot exist without revelation because a grammar cannot generate its subject. Reason is form and not content, which is to say it can only contain something that exists independently of it. The life of the mind is an attempt to make sense of that with which it has been confronted. The mind is an operating system; revelation is a series of programs. The ability of reason to arrive at Truth is contingent upon:

a.) the furnishing of sufficient and reliable premises by an outside source,
b.) one’s ability to receive these revelations accurately, and
c.) one's ability to interpret and meaningfully combine these to produce useful conclusions.

I think an honest and humble assessment will show that this is an uncommon confluence of circumstances. Our mental logic boards are filled with viruses and there's a lot of bad information out there to begin with. God help us.

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