It has to do with what is called “reason”.
When I read about who Luther was, the life he lived and his views on things, I see a person very much like the pastors and priests I am mostÂ admire.Â They, like Luther, are intellectuals and are able to separate their own emotional feelings about religion from rational and reasoned thinking.Â Â
Luther had studied philosophy.Â He did not like it.Â This is because he was more interested in the emotional attachment to religion,Â to God, and knew that the study of philosophy seemed to get in the way.Â He wrote that reasonÂ is not a path toÂ God.Â Reason was a tool in the field of philosophy, not in religion.
Today’s evangelicals are trying to compete in the realm of reason.Â They are trying to make their arguments appear rational.Â They try to put them into play in debates where they do not belong.
One of the places they continue to try this is in the argument of evolution versus creationism.Â Â For example, they are trying to relabel creationism withÂ the termÂ “intelligent design.”Â They argue that the human eye is so complex the odds are against it being the product of evolution.Â I’d like to be diplomatic about thisÂ but I cannot.Â They are makingÂ a rediculous argument.Â
Evangelicals would do well to recognize the wisdom of Martin Luther.Â Â They shouldÂ simply admit that religion and reason are two different things.