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The Death of Reason in Today’s Culture

Not long ago, I listened to a radio interview with a self-described “feminist” being interviewed about her recent experience giving birth. The host actually asked her why she “chose” to have a vaginal delivery. She replied that she had really been thinking about it a long time and sort of came to the thinking that a vaginal delivery might be the best way to deliver. Think about that for a second. She “sort of” decided on it as if a vaginal delivery was just one of many equal choices for healthy women delivering babies. She had no confidence at all that it might be the natural way women were designed to deliver babies.

Shortly thereafter I met a very progressive couple who excitedly told me that they aren’t putting any pressure at all on their toddler, until “it” decided what gender “it” wants to be. In fact, after that I saw a Tweet from someone who advocated not naming a newborn. Instead, she thought parents should give it a number until the child decides what gender to choose. (Then I wondered what would happen if the newborn was given an odd number, but later self-identified as even.)

Sigh.

Then I read a press statement from a CEO, apologizing for his company’s employment applications, because “male” and “female” are just one of many possible gender descriptions.

I know this is nothing new, but it seems that the more secularized the culture becomes, the further and further we drift from reason. Biology has lost all authority and science means less and less to a culture who prefers feelings over truth. 

For so many years, Christianity has been accused of being “anti-science.” But what’s being revealed now is that Christians may be the last group holding on to reason. The old criticism of Christians believing in fantasy is finally giving way to the reality that Christianity is built on reason.

After all, faith isn’t beliving in fantasy, it’s having the confidence to step out based on what you know. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”

Christianity is based on reason. In fact, the book of Acts describes the Apostle Paul this way: “So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there.”

Paul was out there engaging the culture every day, and he based his arguments on reason, not fantasy.

Which is more than I can say for today’s secular culture.

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18 Comments

  1. My concern now is the silencing of people who disagree with actual science and cultural values that have been standard for thousands of years. But for believers, isn’t this pretty much exactly what we should expect to be happening as predicted in the Bible?

  2. I just want to say, for the record, that I identify as a fraction, not a whole number. Your article is very fractionphobic and round number centric. Therefore I am deeply offended.

  3. I get to chuckle though, listening to old school feminists like Camille Paglia rip into new generation gender fluidity affirming feminists – how dare a man define himself as female

    1. Camille Paglia was never a feminist, was never a part of the feminist community. She has always been a men’s rights activist, even before there was a term for it.

  4. I agree that Christianity is based on reason. However, I see unreasonable extremists not only among secularists on the far left, as you cite, but also among Christians. For example, many Christians on the far right side with extremists that deny the reasoning of the vast majority of scientists who recognize human-caused global warming.

    1. Great point. Certainly there are obstacles on both sides of the political divide. One thing I’ve noticed with the climate change issue is that there are actually very few on the Right who outright deny climate change anymore. The big question for the vast majority on the right is the question of what to do about it. I think the media often demonizes the Right to keep that discussion from happening. But the real question for me isn’t the reality of climate change, but how to deal with it – and is it worth bankrupting economies to try to fix. That’s the question I’d like to see wrestled with more often. Excellent comment Ray and thanks for contributing!

      1. Thanks for your response. I agree that most now do acknowledge climate change, and the reasonable next step is to wrestle with how to deal with it. You suggest that trying to fix it risks bankrupting economies. I suggest that a far more real and well-documented risk, based on the consensus of scientists and economists, is to not try to fix it. The Institute for Policy Integrity’s “Expert Consensus on the Economics of Climate Change” states in its summary “There is clear consensus among economic experts that climate change poses major risks to the economy and that significant policy responses will be needed to avoid large economic damages.”

    2. 31,000 scientists also disagree including Freeman Dyson, the founder of the Weather Channel, and multiple Nobel Laureates.

  5. Did Trump start all this, or is he a result of it? Gender fluidity. Cultural appropriation. Privilege. Why can’t people just be kind and productive. I don’t want to know what people do behind closed doors.

  6. The thought that vaginal births are something you would want to avoid is at least due in part to a fear of loss of control, but also, many doctors actually say that C-sections are better, because you can schedule them. I don’t agree with that, but I thought I would point out that in many places, C-sections are practically mandatory (Brazil, for one).

  7. RAW THOUGHTS by Eccles 7:29:

    HOW GOD CREATED MANKIND:
    – Decent. (GW)
    – Upright and uncorrupted. (AMP)

    BUT MANKIND SOUGHT:
    – Alternatives (ISV)
    – Perversions. (JUB)
    – Ways [to avoid being decent]. (GW)

    AND NOW HAS:
    – Twisted minds. (CEV)
    – Made a mess of things. (MSG)

  8. If climate alarmists were so concerned with fossil fuel emissions they’d embrace nuclear energy instead of this renewables con. Also, the climate zealots lose all credibility with their doomsday claims for which all have been proven spectacularly wrong in the past 50 years. We’re not all gonna die in 15 years – not of climate change anyway.

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