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We are the Perfection of Imperfectness The question of the co-existence between rationalism and religion has been argued by many philosophers such as Descartes The compatibility between rationalism and religion has brought up many different ideas and thoughts I do not think that both can be compatible In English the word rationalism derives from the Latin word ratio which means reason We define rationalism as a system of though that emphasizes the role of reason in obtaining knowledge When we associate rationalism and religion together we claim that the fundamental principles of religion are self-evident and that revelation is not necessary I do not think that any religion is a religion without its revelation When we think back on every religions history we find a book that basically paves the path for the religions followers If we did believe that the principles are innate then we would have no common understanding of what the essence of religion is As I mediate the question of compatibility I will dissect my own religion the religion of Islam as well as rational views on God In Islam the religion does not allow one to ask questions about the religion Therefore any rationalist view of the religion would be going against the religion Many rationalistic views come from ones own interpretation of the Koran According to Abdullah Ibn Abbas He who speaks about the Koran on the basis of his personal opinion only will find his abode in hell fire Because of the strong faith of many in Islam rationalistic views are often condemned An important element of my argument would be the topic of faith Many rationalists in the religion believe that faith does not have to be physically shown Those who demonstrate their rational beliefs do not physically believe Rationalists can just think of God and say that they are one with God They question why they must physically show their faith A
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