Faith in Reason

I’m having to do a lot of reading for my apologetics class thus far. At the moment, one resounding idea has bonded almost all of the books and articles together – an unwavering trust in reason. Now to be fair, reason does and should have a place in the lives of human beings. We should utilize reason all that we can in making decisions. We shouldn’t simply base decisions on the feeling of this moment or that moment. One of the most intriguing parts of the 20-Somethings article I posted yesterday was the psychological findings that the brain does not fully develop until age 25. Adolescence then becomes a period of our lives (now lengthening) in which emotions win out over reason. This can be deemed as a purely negative phenomenon. But I think that is an unwarranted conclusion to come to. Human beings are neither completely rational nor completely emotional beings. We are both rational and emotional beings and these do not have to be diametrically opposed although sometimes they are. We should not only listen to what our mind concludes through reason and logic when making decisions. Nor should we turn the reins over to emotions. We should listen to our heart and our mind.

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