What the moonlight of reason shows dimly, the sunlight of revelation shows clearly

Some people think that reason and revelation are contradictory. They fear that if they accept revelation, they will be giving up their rationality and end up believing crazy things.

This dichotomy presumes that reason keeps us sane. But why should reason perform this function of distinguishing the sensible from the senseless? Why should the universe function rationally? More fundamentally, why should rationality be a reliable way to truth? Even more fundamentally, why should we have a reasoning capacity? If we were fashioned by unguided natural forces, why did we end up with a reasoning capacity?

The most reasonable understanding of the utility of reason is that it is a gift from a higher source. From where has this gift come? Might it be that the same higher intelligence that has made the universe according to a rational order has also given us a rational intelligence that helps us unravel the secrets of the universe? Might that same higher intelligence have also shared far greater wisdom at certain momentous moments in history, which we now call as revelation?

If this were true, then reason and revelation could work in a delightful harmony that illumine us with deeper understanding during our life-journey.

Considering that the universe is so vast and what we know of it is so little, we could say that we know with our reason is like what we see in the night with moonlight or flashlight. But the big picture of what life is meant for might be visible through revelation, which is like the sunlight.

Echoing the motif of harmonious illumination through various ways of knowing, the Bhagavad-gita (04.39) states that faith is the gateway through knowledge, be it through reason or revelation or both.


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