Thursday, January 31, 2013

Quote of the Week - David Bentley Hart

"Reason, in the classical and Christian sense, is a whole way of life, not the simple and narrow mastery of certain techniques of material manipulation, and certainly not the childish certitude that such mastery proves that only material realities exist. A rational life is one that integrates knowledge into a larger choreography of virtue, imagination, patience, prudence, humility, and restraint. Reason is not only knowledge, but knowledge perfected in wisdom. In Christian tradition, reason was praised as a high and precious thing, principally because it belonged intrinsically to the dignity of beings created in the divine image; and, this being so, it was assumed that reason is also always morality, and that charity is required for any mind to be fully rational. Even if one does not believe any of this, however, a rational life involves at least the ability to grasp what it is one does not know, and to recognize that what one does know may not be the only kind of genuine knowledge there is." -- David Bentley Hart (From Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies)

1 comment:

George Patsourakos said...

Reason should be viewed not only as a mastery of certain material, but also as a modus operandi for a synergy of various aspects of knowledge, including learning, thinking, creativity, morality, and humility.

Reason should also be viewed as a refined knowledge; that is, a knowledge perfected by wisdom, mainly as a result of learning, experience, and spirituality.