G. K. Chesterton’s Reason and Sanity

In chapter 12 of Heretics by G. K. Chesterton, he says, “We cannot go back to an ideal of reason and sanity. For mankind has discovered that reason does not lead to sanity.”

I think what he means here, is that superficial or the popular conception of “reason” does not lead to sanity. That reason which says, “I believe in only what I can see.” Such a statement begs the question, “Where did all that you see come from.” And we are led by that question to Hebrews 11:13, “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”

And from there we are led to 2 Corinthians 4:18, “while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”


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