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"My reason nourishes my faith and my faith my reason." - Norman Cousins

"Faith never goes contrary to reason - faith simply ignores reason and rises above it." - Aiden Wilson Tozer

"Reason is one thing and faith is another and reason can as little be made a substitute for faith, as faith can be made a substitute for reason." - John Henry Newman

"In the woods we return to reason and faith." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Every worldview has to bring together reason and faith." - Ravi Zacharias

"Reason and faith are both banks of the same river." - Domenico Cieri

"Faith is the master, and reason the maid-servant." - Martin Luther

"Christianity has always embraced both reason and faith." - Dinesh D'Souza

"Reason and faith are both banks of the same river." - Domenico Cieri Estrada

"Christianity has always embraced both reason and faith." - Dinesh Dsouza

"Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding." - Martin Luther

"Reason is in fact the path to faith, and faith takes over when reason can say no more." - Thomas Merton

"The belief of our Reason is an Exercise of Faith, and Faith is an Act of Reason." - Joseph Glanvill

"Faith does not contradict reason. Faith exceeds reason." - Mark Hart

"Faith is reason grown courageous." - Sherwood Eddy

"We don't have faith in reason; we use reason because, unlike revelation, it produces results and understanding. Even discussing why we should use reason employs reason!" - Jerry A. Coyne

"The division between faith and reason is a half-measure, till it is frankly admitted that faith has to do with fiction, and reason with fact." - Leslie Stephen

"To save the world requires faith and courage: faith in reason, and courage to proclaim what reason shows to be true." - Bertrand Russell

"On the road halfway between faith and criticism stands the inn of reason. Reason is faith in what can be understood without faith, but it's still a faith, since to understand presupposes that there's something understandable." - Fernando Pessoa

"...those who think that faith is superior to reason, and try to reason me into thinking that way; why don't they faith me into it?" - Greg Erwin

"Hide your gold, your faith and the reason of you journey." - Eduard Heine

"Faith is belief without evidence and reason; coincidentally that's also the definition of delusion." - Richard Dawkins

"Faith is not opposed to reason, but it is sometimes opposed to feelings and appearances." - Timothy Keller

"Reason had overthrown faith, and had defeated the purpose of God." - Charles S. Price

"Faith holds on to truth and reason from what it knows to be fact." - Martyn

"Revealed religion first informed thy sight, and reason saw not till faith sprung to light." - John Dryden

"America is losing faith in modern medicine, and for good reason." - Julian Whitaker

"Faith is stronger than so-called reason." - Hermann Hesse

"Faith doesn't begin until reason stops." - Jean-Claude Carriere

"Faith is reason at rest in God." - Charles Spurgeon

"Faith is not the opposite of reason." - Richard Dawkins

"Faith consists in believing what reason cannot." - Voltaire

"Faith is a continuation of reason." - William Adams

"Faith is a higher faculty than reason." - H C Bailey

"Faith is not contrary to reason." - Sherwood Eddy

"Faith begins where Reason sinks exhausted." - Albert Pike

"Reason is the enemy of faith." - Martin Luther

"So let's set the record straight. Faith is not the opposite of reason. The opposite of faith is unbelief. And reason is not the opposite of faith. The opposite of reason is irrationality. Do some Christians have irrational faith? Sure. Do some skeptics have unreasonable unbelief? You bet. It works both ways." - Greg Koukl

"Reason is a tool to help us better understand and defend our faith; as Anselm put it, ours is a faith that seeks understanding." - William Lane Craig

"The reason why birds fly and we can't is simply that they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings." - James M Barrie

"The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings." - James M Barrie

"These are strange times. Reason, which once combatted faith and seemed to have conquered it, now has to look to faith to save it from dissolution." - Johan Huizinga

"The worship of reason is arrogance and betrays a lack of intelligence. The rejection of reason is cowardice and betrays a lack of faith." - Abraham Joshua Heschel

"Logic and cold reason are poor weapons to fight fear and distrust. Only faith and generosity can overcome them." - Jawaharlal Nehru

"Reason is non-negotiable. Try to argue against it, or to exclude it from some realm of knowledge, and you've already lost the argument, because you're using reason to make your case. And no, this isn't having "faith" in reason (in the same way that some people have faith in miracles), because we don't "believe" in reason; we use reason." - Steven Pinker

"If the work of God could be comprehended by reason, it would no longer be wonderful, and faith would have no merit if reason provided proof." - Pope Gregory I

"Every sect, as far as reason will help them, gladly use it; when it fails them, they cry out it is a matter of faith, and above reason." - John Locke

"All sects, as far as reason will help them, gladly use it; when it fails them, they cry out it is a matter of faith, and above reason." - John Locke

"It is the heart which perceives God and not the reason. That is what faith is: God perceived by the heart, not by the reason." - Blaise Pascal

"Wit, like poetry, is insusceptible of being constructed upon rules founded merely in reason. Like faith, it exists independent of reason, and sometimes in hostility to it." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"It is time that scientists and other public intellectuals observed that the contest between faith and reason is zero-sum." - Sam Harris

"Conscious auto-suggestion, made with confidence, faith, and perseverance realizes itself automatically, in all matters within reason." - Emile Coue

"When you have faith in something, it's your reason to be alive and to fight for it." - Katherine Dunham

"It is a life of FAITH, not of intellect and reason, but a life of knowing Who makes us "go." - Oswald Chambers

"When you have faith in something, it's your reason to be alive and to fight for it." - Katherine Dunham

"Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends." - Harper Lee

"Know why you believe, understand what you believe, and possess a reason for the faith that is in you." - Francis Wright

"There is a boundary to the understanding, and when it is reached, faith is the continuation of reason." - William Adams

"so it is with human reason, which strives not against faith, when enlightened, but rather furthers and advances it." - Martin Luther

"Where both reason and experience fall short, there occurs a vacuum that can be filled by faith." - Jostein Gaarder

"Faith and Reason are like two wings of the human spirit by which is soars to the truth." - Pope John Paul Ii

"It is a life of FAITH, not of intellect and reason, but a life of knowing Who makes us "go." - Oswald Chambers

"Know why you believe, understand what you believe, and possess a reason for the faith that is in you." - Frances Wright

"If it can be verified, we don't need faith... Faith is for that which lies on the other side of reason. Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys." - Madeleine L'Engle

"God gave us reason. He gave us the ability to reason and also have faith and I think that reason and faith go together. I don't think that they're opposed. I think we've reached the point where we need to look at modern superstitions and hold them up to the light of reason and accountability." - James Wasserman

"I am arguing that faith as such, faith as an alleged method of acquiring knowledge, is totally invalid and as a consequence, all propositions of faith, because they lack rational demonstration, must conflict with reason." - George H. Smith

"There are subjects where reason cannot take us far and we have to accept things on faith. Faith then does not contradict reason but transcends it. Faith is a kind of sixth sense which works in cases which are without the purview of reason." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Freethinkers reject faith as a valid tool of knowledge. Faith is the opposite of reason because reason imposes very strict limits on what can be true, and faith has no limits at all. A Great Escape into faith is no retreat to safety. It is nothing less than surrender." - Dan Barker

"In Scripture, faith involves placing trust in what you have reason to believe is true. Faith is not a blind, irrational leap into the dark. So faith and reason cooperate on a biblical view of faith. They are not intrinsically hostile." - J.P. Moreland

"Faith and feelings are the warm marrow of evil. Unlike reason, faith and feelings provide no boundary to limit any delusion, any whim. They are virulent poison, giving the numbing illusion of moral sanction to every depravity ever hatched. Faith and feelings are the darkness to reason's light. Reason is the very substance of truth itself. The glory that is life is wholly embraced through reason. In rejecting it, in rejecting reason, one embraces death." - Terry Goodkind

"Faith and feelings are the warm marrow of evil. Unlike reason, faith and feelings provide no boundary to limit any delusion, any whim. They are virulent poison, giving the numbing illusion of moral sanction to every depravity ever hatched. Faith and feelings are the darkness to reason's light. Reason is the very substance of truth itself. The glory that is life is wholly embraced through reason. In rejecting it, in rejecting reason, one embraces death." - Terry Goodkind

"As reason is a rebel unto faith, so passion unto reason; as the propositions of faith seem absurd unto reason, so the theories of reason unto passion." - Thomas Browne

"Our faith can reach beyond the limits of current reason." - Rosemary M. Wixom

"Reason always stands in need of being purified by faith" - Pope Benedict Xvi

"As far as possible, join faith to reason." - Boethius

"Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has." - Martin Luther

"Reason saw not, till Faith sprung the Light." - John Dryden

"Man discovers truth by reason only, not by faith." - Leo Tolstoy

"Faith branches off the highroad before reason begins" - William James

"It is not reason which makes faith hard, but life." - Jean Ingelow

"To prove religious faith by human reason is rationalistic claptrap." - Jostein Gaarder

"Reason is our soul's left hand, faith her right." - John Donne

"Faith is a sounder guide than reason. Reason can only go so far, but faith has no limits." - Blaise Pascal

"Faith is not the opposite of reason. Faith rests squarely upon reason, but with the added component of revelation." - Francis Collins

"Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder. Act from faith, and failure makes you blame someone and push harder." - Erik Naggum

"Bush and bin Laden are really on the same side: the side of faith and violence against the side of reason and discussion. Both have implacable faith that they are right and the other is evil." - Richard Dawkins

"There's always faith... Faith that whatever the other is doing, it's for a good reason." - Peter Burke

"Faith... must be enforced by reason... when faith becomes blind it dies." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Atheists are my brothers and sisters of a different faith, and every word they speak speaks of faith. Like me, they go as far as the legs of reason will carry them - and then they leap." - Yann Martel

"Reason and faith cannot be separated without diminishing the capacity of men and women to know themselves, the world and God in an appropriate way." - Pope John Paul Ii

"To believe something in the face of evidence and against reason - to believe something by faith - is ignoble, irresponsible and ignorant, and merits the opposite of respect," - A.C. Grayling

"...neither tolerance nor intolerance is grounded in science and reason, but they are themselves acts of faith grounded in social custom and the politics of expediency and power." - John Money

"neither tolerance nor intolerance is grounded in science and reason, but they are themselves acts of faith grounded in social custom and the politics of expediency and power" - John Money

"Reason must be deluded, blinded, and destroyed. Faith must trample underfoot all reason, sense, and understanding, and whatever it sees must be put out of sight and ... know nothing but the word of God." - Martin Luther

"Faith was intended precisely for the simple, but the quest for certainty and simplicity becomes dangerous when it leads to fanaticism and narrow-mindedness. When reason as such becomes suspect, then faith itself becomes falsified." - Pope Benedict Xvi

"...in the wilderness, I find something more dear and connate than in the streets or villages...in the woods we return to reason and faith." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Our capacity for fulfillment can come only through faith and feelings. But our capacity for survival must come from reason and knowledge." - Heinz Pagels

"My faith runs so very much faster than my reason that I can challenge the whole world and say, 'God is, was and ever shall be'." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Just another lonely broken hero picking up the pieces of my mind. Running out of faith and hope and reason, I'm running out of time." - Ozzy Osbourne

"I consciously focus on my blessings and remember what has gotten me through my past struggles: my faith and the belief that everything happens for a reason." - Trista Sutter

"Life is a battle between faith and reason in which each feeds upon the other, drawing sustenance from it and destroying it." - Reinhold Niebuhr

"As reason is a rebel to faith, so passion is a rebel to reason." - Thomas Browne

"If you, however, separate reason and faith so that it's purely a rationalistic scheme, it will end in violence. If a pure faith scheme - sometimes called the fundamentalist scheme in modern parlance - you'll end in violence too." - Francis George

"What is faith? Is it to believe that which is evident? No. It is perfectly evident to my mind that there exists a necessary, eternal, supreme, and intelligent being. This is no matter of faith, but of reason." - Voltaire

"Faith can make no appeal to reason or the fitness of things; its appeal is to the Word of God, and whatever is therein revealed, faith accepts as true." - Edward Mckendree Bounds

"Love askes faith, and faith firmenesse." - George Herbert

"Vision creates faith and faith creates willpower." - Arnold Schwarzenegger

"I find every sect, as far as reason will help them, make use of it gladly: and where it fails them, they cry out, It is a matter of faith, and above reason." - John Locke

"Our requests are necessary expressly to strengthen our faith, through which alone we can be saved. 'By grace are we saved through faith' (Eph. 2:8). 'O woman, great is your faith' (Mt. 15:28). For this reason the Lord made the woman pray earnestly, in order to awaken her faith and to strengthen it." - John of Kronstadt

"If thy faith have no doubts, thou has just cause to doubt thy faith; and if thy doubts have no hope, thou hast just reason to fear despair; when therefore thy doubts shall exercise thy faith, keep thy hopes firm to qualify thy doubts; so shall thy faith be secured from doubts; so shall thy doubts be preserved from despair." - Francis Quarles

"The time has come for people of reason to say: Enough is Enough! Religious faith discourages independent thought, it's divisive and it's dangerous." - Richard Dawkins

"Never have I greater reason for suspicion that when I am particularly pleased with myself, my faith, my progress, and my alms." - Christian Scriver

"Faith and reason are the shoes on your feet. You can travel further with both than you can with just one." - J Michael Straczynski

"The reason that people do not have a rich, beautiful faith is that their spirit is denied the privilege of communion and fellowship with the Father." - John G. Lake

"The chief characteristics of the [liberal] attitude are human sympathy, a receptivity to change, and a scientific willingness to follow reason rather than faith." - Chester Bowles

"Faith is a permanent and vital endowment of the human mind-a part of reason itself. The insane alone are without it." - Eden Phillpotts

"Faith is the power, obedience is the price, love is the motive, the Spirit is the key and Christ is the reason." - James E Faust

"While reason is puzzling itself about mystery, faith is turning it to daily bread, and feeding on it thankfully in her heart of hearts." - Frederic Dan Huntington

"But reason was only a created thing, imposed with faith upon the world, and the stars promise nothing to no one." - Anne Rice

"In this awfully stupendous manner, at which Reason stands aghast, and Faith herself is half confounded, was the grace of God to man at length manifested." - Richard Hurd

"Faith is a permanent and vital endowment of the human mind - a part of reason itself. The insane alone are without it." - Eden Phillpotts

"Nobody gets argued all the way into becoming a believer on the sheer basis of logic and reason. That requires a leap of faith." - Francis Collins

"It is faith, and not reason, which impels men to action... Intelligence is content to point out the road, but never drives us along it." - Alexis Carrel

"I found a religion that blended scientific reason with spiritual reality in a unifying faith far removed from the headlines of violence, destruction and terrorism." - Cat Stevens

"I have not lost faith in God. I have moments of anger and protest. Sometimes I've been closer to him for that reason." - Elie Wiesel

"Too often today, we do not rely on faith so much as on our own ability to reason and solve problems." - Joseph B Wirthlin

"Kant's aim was to develop a religion within the boundaries of mere reason (that is, reason unaided by special empirical revelation) and then to ask about existing ecclesiastical faith (especially about Christianity, and the Lutheran Christianity of his time and place) how this revealed faith must be interpreted if it is to be reconciled with reason, and even seen as a wider (though morally optional) extension of a religion of reason." - Allen W. Wood

"The heart has its reasons, which Reason does not know. We feel it in a thousand things. It is the heart which feels God, and not Reason. This, then, is perfect faith: God felt in the heart." - Blaise Pascal

"Holiness sincerity, and faith." - Swami Vivekananda

"In Christ and by Christ, God effects complete self-disclosure , although He shows Himself not to reason but to faith and love. Faith is an organ of knowledge, and love an organ of experience. God came to us in the incarnation; in atonement He reconciled us to Himself, and by faith and love we enter and lay hold on Him." - Aiden Wilson Tozer

"Intellect takes us along in the battle of life to a certain limit, but at the crucial moment it fails us. Faith transcends reason. It is when the horizon is the darkest and human reason is beaten down to the ground that faith shines brightest and comes to our rescue." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Any man who stands for progress has to criticize, disbelieve and challenge every item of the old faith. Item by item he has to reason out every nook and corner of the prevailing faith. If after considerable reasoning one is led to believe in any theory or philosophy, his faith is welcomed. His reasoning can be mistaken, wrong, misled and sometimes fallacious. But he is liable to correction because reason is the guiding star of his life. But mere faith and blind faith is dangerous: it dulls the brain, and makes a man reactionary." - Bhagat Singh

"The Middle Ages were an era of mysticism, ruled by blind faith and blind obedience to the dogma that faith is superior to reason. The Renaissance was specifically the rebirth of reason, the liberation of man's mind, the triumph of rationality over mysticism - a faltering, incomplete, but impassioned triumph that led to the birth of science, of individualism, of freedom." - Ayn Rand

"If reason be a gift of Heaven, and we can say as much of faith, Heaven has certainly made us two gifts not only incompatible, but in direct contradiction to each other. In order to solve the difficulty, we are compelled to say either that faith is a chimera or that reason is useless." - Denis Diderot

"It often seems easier not to move on; even the muck and mire in which we're stuck seems less fearful and less challenging than the unknown path ahead. Some people use faith as a reason to remain stuck. They often say, "I have faith, so I'm waiting." But faith is not complacent; faith is action. You don't have faith and wait. When you have faith, you move. Complacency actually shows lack of faith. When it's time to move in a new direction in order to progress, the right people will come to us." - Betty Eadie

"Faith is the surrender of the mind, it's the surrender of reason, it's the surrender of the only thing that makes us different from other animals. It's our need to believe and to surrender our skepticism and our reason, our yearning to discard that and put all our trust or faith in someone or something, that is the sinister thing to me. ... Out of all the virtues, all the supposed virtues, faith must be the most overrated" - Christopher Hitchens

"If faith is a valid tool of knowledge, then anything can be true 'by faith,' and therefore nothing is true. If the only reason you can accept a claim is by faith, then you are admitting that the claim does not stand on its own merits." - Dan Barker

"Truth has advocates who seek understanding," Richard said. "Corrupt ideas have miserable little fanatics who attempt to enforce their beliefs through intimidation and brutality... through faith. Savage force is faith's obedient servant. Violence on an apocalyptic scale can only be born of faith because reason, by its very nature, disarms senseless cruelty. Only faith thinks to justify it." - Terry Goodkind

"God does not expect us to submit our faith to him without reason, but the very limits of our reason make faith a necessity." - Saint Augustine

"You can see a lot about our mission on our website, but the basic idea is that the church believes that understanding human beings and the Earth requires not only faith but also reason, and not only philosophical reason but also scientific reason." - Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo

"Faith in the continuance and enhancement of the intrinsic values-faith in truth, in beauty, in friendship, in love and harmony of life-in short, faith in reason and the worth of spiritual life-such faith is only another name for faith in the persistence of spiritual individuality. For, I repeat, these values are real only as functions of personal experience and deed. To have faith in the permanence of intrinsic values is to assume the enduring reality of selves who know truth, feel beauty, who love and win spiritual harmony." - Joseph Alexander Leighton

"Bible revelations are not against reason but above reason, for the uses of faith, mans highest faculty." - Edward Mckendree Bounds

"Faith is nothing else than reason grown courageous - reason raised to its highest power, expanded to its widest vision." - L. P. Jacks

"Bible revelations are not against reason but above reason, for the uses of faith, man's highest faculty." - Edward Mckendree Bounds

"I see no reason to believe that a creator of protoplasm or primeval matter, if such there be, has any reason to be interested in our insignificant race in a tiny corner of the universe, and still less in us, as still more insignificant individuals. Again, I see no reason why the belief that we are insignificant or fortuitous should lessen our faith." - Rosalind Franklin

"Christian faith is exclusivistic. Christian faith lays claim upon our lives. The sanctity of life, what we do with a life, is very definitive in the Christian faith, what we do with sexuality, what we do with marriage, all of the fundamental questions of life have points of reference for answers, and people just have an aversion for that. That I think is the biggest reason they feel hostile towards the Christian faith." - Ravi Zacharias

"Virtually every major technological advance in the history of the human species- back to the invention of stone tools and the domestication of fire has been ethically ambiguous. If you want to reason about faith, and offer a reasoned (and reason responsive) defense of faith as an extra category of belief worthy of special consideration, I'm eager to play. I certainly grant the existence of the phenomenon of faith; what I want to see is a reasoned ground for taking faith seriously as a way of getting to the truth , and not, say, just as a way people comfort themselves and each other" - Daniel Dennett

"I have great faith that there's a master plan and that even if we don't understand it and even if it's heartbreaking, there's a reason for everything. And I hold on to that." - Terri Irwin

"Theologians and other clerks, You won't understand this book, - However bright your wits - If you do not meet it humbly, And in this way, Love and Faith Make you surmount Reason, for They are the protectors of Reason's house." - Marguerite Porete

"Let today be the first day of a new American Revolution - a Digital Revolution, a revolution built not on blood and conflict, but on language and reason and our faith in each other." - Mike Godwin



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