Elgin Hushbeck: Prager, Irrationality and Religion
In his latest column, “Mormons Have Irrational Beliefs? Who Doesn’t?” Dennis Prager falls into some common errors concerning the concepts of faith, belief, reason and irrationality. First, let me point out that I do not disagree with all of the claims in his column and those made during the discussion of his column on his radio show, in particular the importance of behavior.
Where I do disagree can be seen when Prager says, “I read and hear these dismissals of Mormonism with some amusement — because everyone who makes these charges holds beliefs and/or practices that outsiders consider just as irrational.” While true, this is completely irrelevant, and in fact only makes sense if one accepts a sort of intellectual relativism.