“The Church has never allowed the Creed to be interfered with. It is fifteen hundred years since it was formulated, but every suggestion for its amendment, every logical criticism or attack on it, has been rejected. The Church has realized that anything and everything can be built up on a document of that sort, no matter how contradictory or irreconcilable with it. The faithful will swallow it whole, so long as logical reasoning is never allowed to be brought to bear on it.”
Adolf Hitler, quoted in Hermann Rauschning, The Voice of Destruction (New York: Putnam, 1940), pp. 239–40.
Craig Biddle writes: “Hitler’s plans required that people have faith; thus, he had nothing but contempt for logic. And he was neither the first nor the last to feel this way. David Hume was as explicit about his hatred of reason as he was about his love for feelings. Just as he insisted that feelings are our only moral guides, so he insisted that ‘Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.’ What does that mean? Hume tells us: ‘It is not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger.’ “
So, it is the case that ideas have consequences and the critical issue in Biddle’s book, Loving Life, is just that..
One must have a rational, fact-based, means of making morally significant choices in life otherwise one is intellectually and, morally, hamstrung right out of the gates (actually, sooner according to Christianity).
Sadly, there have only been two options for humanity: moral decsion-making premised upon religious authority, and moral decision-making premised upon social need, emotion, or convention. Both involve subjectivism, neither provide an adequate means for living ones life to the fullest – dare I say, at all. Biddle writes with power and precision in this book, which I highly recommend and is, presently, on its way to my door…