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Reason and faith are completely irreconcilable pathways to knowledge.
The two cannot exist side by side. Reason underlies the methodology of
the scientist. Without it he would be ineffectual. Faith is the "being"
of the "religionist." Without it he could not exist. The scientist
accepts nothing on faith. Faith to him is a synonym for belief. In
hebrews 11:1 we read: "Faith is the substance of things desired, the
evidence of things unseen." The "religionist" is ever alert to prevent
reason from undermining his precepts. Reason is his (and god's) worst
enemy. Reason is our means of processing what we learn of the world
through our proverbial five senses. Faith does no processing; whatever
sense (or nonsense) is accepted as is, without rational consideration.
Those facts which reason allows us to accept must display consistency
and predictability. There are no criteria to restrict that which we will
accept on faith, as section 61 of this book shows. Those content to
accept on faith are those who accept without thinking, without the
rational demonstrations that establish the truth (predictive content) of
what we believe. Faith is the road to myth and error, the way to add to
man's already overflowing storehouse of "things he _knows_ but that are
not so."
    -- Chester Dolan, "Holy Daze: Coming to Grips with "Religion," the
    Holy Daze of Humanity", "Faith" section, pp.130-135, MOPAH
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