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Author Samuel Gregg argues that Western civilization tips into violence and terrorism without the proper intersection of reason and faith.
Gregg, who is the director of research at the Acton Institute, examines the role reason and faith play throughout history in his book “Reason, Faith, and the Struggle for Western Civilization” set to publish on June 25.
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The historian reveals that the synthesis of faith and reason are under attack in the East by radical Islam and in the West by secularism — and that extremes of either reason or faith can lead to fundamentalism and fanaticism.
Reason and faith, Gregg told the Daily Caller News Foundation, have the ability to correct each other when the one goes too far.
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“Let me put it this way,” Gregg told the DCNF. “Irrational religions or faiths that have a low view of reason, as I show in the book, very quickly move in the direction of fanaticism and fundamentalism.”
“This invariably leads to violence and, I’d argue, terrorism. In other cases, however, they go the other way and collapse into sentimentalism,” he said.
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“An imposed faith is no faith at all,” Gregg said. “Instead religious believers need to make reasoned arguments about why some policies are good and why other policies are irremediably evil.”
“Whether it is the usual hot button cultural questions, or more prudential areas like economic policy, believers needs to...
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