"Neither wholly a believer nor wholly a skeptic, I've always been a fellow who falls in the middle of this one. I value democracy as a co-operative where compromise keeps the peace by enabling each of us to believe what we will, according to our own conscience while settling our political and economic differences by common sense. There's a moving verse in the Hebrew Bible: "Come now, and let us reason together." But there is also a moving verse in the Christian New Testament: "I believe. Help Thou my Unbelief." Most of us ride the seesaw of faith and reason. Yes, it's an ancient conflict, a long-running argument, but with all the fear, violence, and intolerance that grip our times, we have to come to terms with the fact that it must be reason and faith, not reason versus faith. Otherwise, we would tear our society apart as Europe so often did — and may do yet again."Paul Mittleman is a lucky chap who works for Stussy and blogs on Honeyee.com... I love the blogs at Honeyee.com, especially Paul's and the mighty Hiroshi Fujiwara's...
Anyway, I thought Paul's current post (quoted above) is an interesting commentary on faith and reason in today's world... and is worth checking out. In it he references the PEN American Centre (who I'll check out later) and their take on crossing the faith/reason divide.
I think Paul's opinion is interesting because it demonstrates a perspective that is, in my opinion, not discussed enough. We assume that everything is black and white... but I see hope in his comments because it shows a desire to understand more. I want people to be discussing faith... wrestling with it... asking questions... debating the meaning and significance... instead of following blindly the kind of theology that actively encourages a separatist agenda.
We are ALL the whosoever!
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