“One of the most striking and disturbing aspects of public life in the past year has been the increasingly irrational character of public speech. Many commentators have been wringing their hands while urging for a recovery of the Enlightenment’s noble respect for reason. But what if the real goal of the various intellectual and political movements we call ‘the Enlightenment’ was to amplify the significance of the human will, not of the human mind? What if the growing, power-hungry irrationality evident in today’s public life is actually the fulfillment of the modern view of reason as simply an instrument that enables us to get what we want? (If you question this description, compare the masses of mental energy devoted to devising new technologies — digital genies awaiting our commands — with the amount of thought dedicated to theological and philosophical reflection.)”
— Ken Myers, on the consequences of separating reason and freedom from the guidance of faith. Click here to read the entire letter.