Do you agree with Martin Luther that "Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has"?

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago
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    Glad you asked , I have a favorite cut and paste of the wisdom of Martin Luther regarding reason.

    Martin Luther

    The damned whore, Reason

    The following quotes concerning the evil of human reason are from the father of Christian Protestantism, Martin Luther:

    Die verfluchte Huhre, Vernunft. (The damned whore, Reason).

    Reason is the Devil's greatest whore; by nature and manner of being she is a noxious whore; she is a prostitute, the Devil's appointed whore; whore eaten by scab and leprosy who ought to be trodden under foot and destroyed, she and her wisdom ... Throw dung in her face to make her ugly. She is and she ought to be drowned in baptism... She would deserve, the wretch, to be banished to the filthiest place in the house, to the closets.

    Martin Luther, Erlangen Edition v. 16, pp. 142-148

    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.

    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.

    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 should be destroyed in all Christians.

    Whoever wants to be a Christian should tear the eyes out of his Reason.

    To be a Christian, you must "pluck out the eye of reason."

    People gave ear to an upstart astrologer [Copernicus] who strove to show that the earth revolves, not the heavens or the firmament, the sun and the moon. Whoever wishes to appear clever must devise some new system, which of all systems is of course the very best. This fool wishes to reverse the entire science of astronomy; but sacred scripture tells us [Joshua 10:13] that Joshua commanded the sun to stand still, and not the earth.

    Martin Luther, "Works," Volume 22, c. 1543

    We know, on the authority of Moses, that longer than six thousand years the world did not exist.

    Martin Luther, "Lectures on Genesis"

    All our experience with history should teach us, when we look back, how badly human wisdom is betrayed when it relies on itself.

    http://www.jesuscult.com/Luther_Anti-Reason.htm

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Well, to some degree I hope not. Blind faith seems rather stupid. You need some reason to believe. It's ironic that many of us Christians ask people of other beliefs to find reason in their faith, yet, we are unwilling to do it with ours.

    The most reason we need is a belief in the supernatural interaction of God. If this is established, then, anything is possible. Supernatural goes outside natural boundaries. So, the Red Sea can be parted, donkeys can talk, people can see angles, people can be instaneously healed from incurable disease, etc., etc.

    So, some reason must be established. If all we have is blind faith based on empty rituals, wow, we are in trouble.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Oh I see. This quote is "reasonable" because Martin Luther said it? The greatest enemy that faith has is irrationality (which is the OPPOSITE of "reason").

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  • Anika
    Lv 5
    10 years ago

    Yes. Faith comes from the heart. Reasoning comes from the brain, the intellect. You never arrive at faith through reasoning. The unbeliever often wants to begin with reason.

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  • Lilith
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    Yes I agree with the statement on face value, but Luther wasn't being antiChristian at all, and he would probably not want unbelievers to be interrupting his statement the way we do.

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  • jurgen
    Lv 6
    10 years ago

    It has been proven that reason had cause the West had abandon their faith. It is rather an enemy to the 'faithful'.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Luther... you gotta feel a little bit sorry for the guy..... what with all the hallucinations and public breakdowns. Plus he got really fat towards the end.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Martin Luther was a Catholic.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    I don't, however, it was reasonable at that time to believe that, as the Catholic church was ran by very corrupt leaders.

    But nowadays, you have very intelligent people who convert to Christian beliefs because of spiritual encounters they have had. Faith and reason can work in harmony.

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  • 10 years ago

    no ! education is its greatest enemy that's why religions want to control the education of their young

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