Our modern age is one purported to elevate rationality above everything and everyone. Religious belief is considered a deficiency in reasoning capacity, and the education system promotes this idea most strongly at the college/university level. It is practically taken for granted that for one to have an objective about a religion, they must be an outsider without the emotional attachment that could “cloud” judgement. But is this a valid position to take?
Topics addressed in this episode include the role of reason and objectivity in relation to religion, and whether it is possible for one to have a rational and objective opinion about a religion they feel emotionally invested in. The talk was delivered at the yearly Pearls of the Quran conference organized by Al-Madina Institute.