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Chesterton, G K - Orthodoxy - Reason is itself a matter of faith



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Orthodoxy – G. K. Chesterton

Reason is itself a matter of faith.  It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all.

If you are merely a sceptic, you must sooner or later ask yourself the question 'Why should anything go right; even observation and deduction?  Why should not good logic be as misleading as bad logic?  They are both movements in the brain of a bewildered ape'.

The young sceptic says 'I have a right to think for myself'.

But the old sceptic, the complete sceptic, says 'I have no right to think for myself.  I have no right to think at all'

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Chesterton, G K

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