Don Incognito
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Why does Chesterton say, in this book, that rationalistic ages are especially prone to superstition? He does not explain the thought at length.

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Michael Kenan Baldwin Because rationalism is associated with the veneration of agnosticism, and agnosticism gives birth to superstition. See here:
"Superstition...is an agnostic sentiment, for it rests on two feelings: first that we do not really know the laws of the universe; and second that they may be very different to all we call reason." p98, in chapter 6 'The Demons and the Philosophers' in 'The Everlasting Man'.
Robb Chesterton conjectured that man is a creature of belief; by nature he believes in something -- he cannot ~not~ believe.

A man who refuses to have his own philosophy will only have the used-up scraps of somebody else’s philosophy. [“The Revival of Philosophy,” The Common Man (1930)]

It’s the first effect of not believing in God that you lose your common sense. [“The Oracle of the Dog” (1923)]

hard-shelled materialists [are] balanced on the very edge of belief — of belief in almost anything. [“The Miracle of Moon Crescent” (1924)]
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