12/04/2019

Faith and Reason in the Thought of John Henry Newman

"If Newman is correct, we should be prepared to give an account of what we believe and why. But even more important than that, we should ask who or what we are obeying, what is forming our will, what we presume to be probable, what we love and worship—because those things shape our reasoning about religion and other matters more than rational argument. They provide the lenses through which we will rightly or wrongly see the world. Matthew Franck recently wrote that we need to examine our prejudices to make sure they are worth keeping. And as Thomas Norris put it, summarizing Newman’s view, “The kind of person one is determines what one seeks and accepts.”"