Sunday, September 26, 2004

The Age of Faith

“The life of the mind is a composition of two forces: the necessity to believe in order to live, and the necessity to reason in order to advance. In ages of poverty and chaos the will to believe is paramount, for courage is the one thing needful; in ages of wealth the intellectual powers come to the fore as offering preferment and progress. Consequently a civilization passing from poverty to wealth tends to develop a struggle between reason and faith, a ‘warfare of science with theology.’ In this conflict, philosophy, dedicated to seeing life whole, usually seeks a reconciliation of opposites, a mediating peace, with the result that it is scorned by science and suspected by theology.”

— “The Age of Faith,” Will Durant


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Buddhists speak of "great doubt, great faith, great determination." I don't know where I first found the concept. Much of my life is perched between the doubt and the faith . . . the determination is absolutely critical.

July 1, 2005 at 5:06 AM  

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