Chesterton, G K - Orthodoxy - Reason is itself a matter of faith
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A description of the experience
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'
The source of the experienceChesterton, G K
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