Den franske filosofen André Glucksman skriver innsiktsfullt om tro og fornuft i City Journal:
"To believe that it is enough to believe is a pathology that threatens every religion, even a secular and materialist one. To listen to voices without ever questioning them is superstition. To fail to examine the authenticity of one’s commitments is arrogance. The combination of superstition and arrogance yields fanaticism: God is in me, and I am in God; there is no point in thinking, since my brain already occupies a little part of paradise. Free thought, by contrast, requires us to look reality, including unfortunate reality, in the eye. In response to the claims of a prayer that commands, implores, and requires, Aristotle proposes a cool attention that points out and observes. Non-pathological religions distinguish the temporal and the spiritual: king and priest in the Bible, caliph and preacher among the Muslims, the way of the world and the way of faith in the Christian tradition. “I believe in order to understand,” say Augustine and Anselm, the first intellectuals of post-Roman civilization."
Det er ikke tilstrekkelig å tro at det er tilstrekkelig å tro. Det er vel hovedbudskapet her. Fallgrubene er: overtro og hovmod, som i sin tur fører til fanatisme. Tenkning i frihet er bolverket mot dette.
God jul og godt nytt år!