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Bradlee Dean Takes Bold Stance Against Reason

Wingnut extraordinaire Bradlee Dean has come out boldly against the use of reason because it’s the enemy of faith. Which is true, of course, but it’s kind of refreshing to hear someone just blurt out that thinking is bad. The title of the column is “Reason: Faith’s Greatest Enemy.”

Again, “When valor preys on reason, it eats the sword it fights with.”

Friends, let me explain:

“Reason is faith’s greatest enemy, and when you walk by reason you make faith obsolete!”

As Christians we “walk by faith not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). The question I would ask you is: Where is your faith? Mine is in God. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The God of our Lord Jesus Christ. The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. The Lion of the tribe of Judah. The Man of War! The God that said, “Call unto Me and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” (Jeremiah 33:3). The God Who said that He would, “show Himself strong in the behalf of those whose hearts are perfect [by grace] towards Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9), and “Greater works will you do then I did because I go unto My Father” (John 14:12).

So, my friends, God the Father lays to your candor, “Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?” (Isaiah 53:1) I can tell you, to those who respond in faith because they believe.

It is time for America to stand up and be counted, regardless of the circumstances we have in front of us. We have an opportunity, America, to prove our God. So, I ask, whose report are you going to believe? God’s, or man’s?

That’s some serious gibberish, which is what you get when you stop using your ability to think rationally.

Comments

  1. Pierce R. Butler says

    It is time for America to stand up and be counted, regardless of the circumstances we have in front of us.

    No, it isn’t. We did that four years ago, and will do it again in six. See: United States, Constitution of.

  2. raven says

    The title of the column is “Reason: Faith’s Greatest Enemy.”

    Boring. He stole that from Martin Luther.

    Martin Luther:

    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 ...

    Martin Luther was an all around kook and hater, a weird, grouchy, mysogynistic not very old white guy. Ironically, he was also one of the founders of my natal religion.

  3. says

    Reason is excellently corrosive to faith (pretending to know regardless of evidence). Funny how many folks will use reason in other situations, like commerce, but then disable their skepticism when it comes to spurious claims by authors of god(s).

  4. John Pieret says

    we “walk by faith not by sight”

    See! It’s a miracle that he hasn’t broken his neck yet!

  5. Kevin Kehres says

    When ever anyone talks like this, I immediately reach for my wallet to make sure it hasn’t been picked.

  6. dingojack says

    “Driven from Vermont, driven from Illinois, driven from Ohio, driven from Missouri, driven from Utah, we shall yet find some independent territory on which to plant our tents. And you, my brother,” continued the Elder, fixing his angry eyes upon his single auditor, “will you not plant yours there, too, under the shadow of our flag?”
    “No!” replied Passepartout courageously, in his turn retiring from the car, and leaving the Elder to preach to vacancy.

    Comes to mind.
    Dingo

  7. briandavis says

    “Call unto Me and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” (Jeremiah 33:3).

    My question to Mr. Dean is, “What mighty thing have you learned exclusively through prayer?”

  8. says

    Raven, Martin Luther, who also wrote a lengthy treatise on the Jews that would have found favor in 1930s Germany, also had this to say about the evil of thinking and stuff:
    “Reason is a whore, 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.”

    Part of my dismissal of religion at a fairly young age was that god supposedly gave us big brains, but hated it when people actually made use of them.

  9. dingojack says

    Ans then there would be actually defining what you mean in tangible terms — that’d be good too.
    Dingo

  10. Alverant says

    To me this rant is more proof that christianity isn’t a religion but a planned marketing campaign. It was designed with built-in defenses against those who would question it and pre-emptive criticism to those who point out the flaws in their argument.

  11. Georgia Sam says

    Reminds me of a conversation I had with my first wife, who was a devout fundamentalist. The topic was taking responsibility for one’s actions. I asked her “Do you take responsibility for your actions?” She replied that no, she didn’t take responsibility for her actions because her actions were determined by her beliefs. So I said “OK, do you take responsibility for believing what you believe?” She said “No; I have no choice but to believe it, because it’s the truth.”

  12. grantly says

    “It is time for America to stand up and be counted… ”

    I’m not convinced the willfully ignorant have the requisite capacity for counting.

  13. anubisprime says

    @ OP

    “Reason is faith’s greatest enemy, and when you walk by reason you make faith obsolete!”

    Their fear is becoming visible, after several millennium of denial, smoke and mirror gambits and outright lies, the real truth is peeking though, and folks are slowly beginning to notice.

    The trickle of doubt will become a deluge, and religion will fade, just a matter of time…but measured in short years…not long centuries!

    As Daenerys Targaryen,’s handmaiden Irri would say “It is known”

  14. hunter says

    “We have an opportunity, America, to prove our God.”

    If it’s all about faith, why do you have to?

  15. Georgia Sam says

    @ Hunter (18): Good point. On the one hand, the fundies say it isn’t about “human” reasoning; it’s about faith. On the other hand, they produce vast numbers of books, tracts, sermons, messages, lessons, web pages, videos, etc., etc., etc., etc., purporting to prove that their beliefs are supported by indisputable facts and compelling logic.

  16. anubisprime says

    Georgia Sam @ 19

    Yes indeed it is almost like they have no real faith in their ‘faith’ and have to pretend they have ‘reason’ behind it.

    Maybe they have finally got to the point where they realise there can be no faith without tangible ‘reason’ so they manufacture tangible ‘reason’ to con their congregations that faith is reasonable…

    They are on the defensive, and retreating from previously held positions because they are aware they are losing the battle for reasonable.

    It is like the death throes of a wounded shit house rat that tries to bite itself to death in its panic.

    Their twisted ideology is going to strangle itself, just a matter of time!

  17. caseloweraz says

    This didn’t look biblical:

    “When valor preys on reason, it eats the sword it fights with.”

    Also, of course, it cuts against Bradlee Dean’s point. So I Googled it and found it in Cliff’s Notes. Sure enough, it’s Enobarbus, in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, lamenting Antony’s abandonment of reason.

    Only Enobarbus is left on stage, and he continues to comment on Antony’s loss of judgment. More valor, he suggests, will not compensate now: “When valor preys on reason, it eats the sword it fights with.” Utterly disgusted and disappointed in his doomed master, the once-loyal Enobarbus finally decides that he must desert Antony if it is possible to do so.

    http://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/a/antony-and-cleopatra/summary-and-analysis/act-iii-scene-13

  18. coffeehound says

    As Christians we “walk by faith not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).

    If by this you imply that most Christians are stumbling around, having had their eyes closed by their faith, then yes, there’s nothing there I can disagree with, Brad…..

    “Reason is faith’s greatest enemy, and when you walk by reason you make faith obsolete!”

    Finally, a breakthrough!

  19. lorn says

    “Reason is faith’s greatest enemy, and when you walk by reason you make faith obsolete!”

    That is exactly right.

    Boldly arguing against reason both accurately represents conflict. It starkly highlights the key question: Are humans better off thinking for themselves, or are we better off blindly following ancient texts and the whispering of priests?

    This stark choice is indeed a crisis point for the deeply religious. Having to give up on faith as a mechanism and transfer reliance to reason is the end of their world view and way of life. For the deeply religious this is terrifying.

    It is also a very good thing.

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