5/17/2012 | Share this article:By theFlakes (a.k.a. Brian Kellogg) ~
"We know that reason is the devil's harlot, and can do nothing but slander and harm all that god says and does." - Martin Luther
|Dr. Martin Luther's Church Door - Wittenburg, Germany '93 (Photo credit: Mikey G Ottawa)|
Five years ago I would have been numbered in those evangelical fundamentalist circles. My studies and research have led me out of it, thankfully. When immersed in it you do not realize how intolerant and unthinking you become. Group think pervades the very atmosphere in these circles and is, unknowingly or not, rewarded. Don't be too different; don't disagree too much or you'll be marginalized or even ostracized. I do not believe they marginalize such a one on purpose. It is more born out of their fear over the weakness and doubting of their own faith I suspect. After all, Martin Luther would say while pointing his finger at me, just look there if you want to see the spiritually devastating results of reason. I proudly stand guilty as charged and the better for it.
"Hell was made for the inquisitive."- St. Augustine - REALLY?! How utterly absurd!
"Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but -- more frequently than not -- struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God." - Martin Luther
"There is on earth among all dangers no more dangerous thing than a richly endowed and adroit reason...Reason must be deluded, blinded, and destroyed." - [Martin Luther, quoted by Walter Kaufmann, _The Faith of a Heretic_, (Garden city, NY, doubleday, 1963), p. 75]
"Reason must be deluded, blinded, and destroyed. Faith must trample underfoot all reason, sense, and understanding, and whatever it sees must be put out of sight and ... know nothing but the word of God." - [Martin Luther]
"Whoever wants to be a Christian should tear the eyes out of his Reason." - Martin Luther -Now we've finally found some common ground.