The Limits of Reason

The ability to reason has given us such wonderful gifts as calculus, mRNA vaccines, and smart phones that allow us to stay in touch with loved ones hundreds and thousands of miles away. But reason has also given us such treacheries as calculus, bio weapons, and smart phones that beckon us like candy. We respect reason, not because it always leads to good things, but because it is a powerful tool for understanding and working in the world.

This Sunday, we get a better handle on reason. Why is it so often hard to reason well, as individuals and as groups? How far can reason take us? What other tools are at hand, if we open our eyes to see?