Reason is a Whore

whoreMartin Luther, the father of the Reformation said,

Reason is a whore of the devil.1

Luther then demonstrates his commitment to this claim by employing a Christian version of reason and arguing,

Men have broad and large chests, and small narrow hips, and more understanding than women, who have but small and narrow breasts, and broad hips, to the end they should remain at home, sit still, keep house, and bear and bring up children.2

The “broad hips” of women were reasoned evidence to Luther that women should “sit still” at home. Perhaps if Luther had learned what reason was and how to properly engage her, she would not have seemed like a cheap whore. Instead, Luther’s commitment to the deceitful whore called “Faith” led him to abuse reason.

A few hundred years and the internet later, we have a Christian named Ray Comfort similarly arguing from bananas to Jehovah’s purpose in the following video.

Just think of all the things that are hand-shaped and mouth-shaped that we could, with Christian logic, argue were made to go into hands and mouths. If you treat reason like a whore, don’t complain when you discover you’ve been arguing with a diseased mind. However, treating reason with respect, and making a commitment to her alone while refusing the whore in the shadows called “Faith” will yield far more rational conclusions to inform our lives.

I used to have a pastor when I was young who preached that the fact that birds mate for life was evidence that God intended humans to also mate for life. Apart from being wrong about all birds mating for life, to imply that this is God’s plan for humans is to again treat reason like a whore. Just because you don’t understand reason and attempt to use her like a whore for your own agenda does not change who she really is. She, when used properly, can take us to unadulterated truths that tell us who we really are. These truths very often taste bitter on our emotional palates. But she is faithful. If we are faithful to her, we can see ourselves with the clarity necessary to make changes that will better our lives.

This perversion of reason can be traced all the way back to Jesus as he sets the precedent in extracting doctrine from birds.

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.” (Luke 12:22-31)

The promise is clear; Seek God’s kingdom first, and God will provide for your physical needs. Now think about the many Christians (and ravens) throughout history who died of hunger. Were whole cities and regions full of Christians not seeking God’s kingdom? Jehovah fails to live up to his commitment as derived through the reasoning of Jesus.

Christians claim to have direct line to truth through the Bible and the Holy Spirit of the Christian god. By virtue of this, the average Christian should have a superior understanding of the world around us than do non-believers. Is this what you have found?

This is not difficult to test. Go to one of any number of churches and ask how we can know the Bible is the inerrant and inspired word of God. Invariably you’ll hear “all scripture is given by inspiration of God”3, an assertion found within the Bible. I’m not joking. They will actually attempt to validate the Bible by invoking an assertion, found within the Bible, that the Bible is inerrant. Reason is indeed a whore to Christians. Let us remove her from the mendacious clench of Christians and give her the respect she deserves.

As always, comments are welcomed.


  1. Wider die stürmenden Bauern; Weimar Edition of Luther’s Writings; 51, 126, 7 ff.; compare 10 I, 1, 326, 16; 18, 164 , 24 & 182, 11.
  2. Martin Luther, Table Talk, DCCXXV, p. 299, as quoted by Fairchild, R. W. and Wynn, “Families in the Church” [ 1961 ] , p. 106.
  3. 2 Timothy 3:16a

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One thought on “Reason is a Whore

  1. sam says:

    One of my best friends who had a similar experience to yours (actually he is not interested in religion anymore) used to say in the time of his transitional phase: ‘conscience is a whore’ He was thinking about the conscience’s flexibility, or rather plasticity. Not exactly on the subject but I was struck by the words in your article title

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