Promoting the Grandeur of Reason

"The main issue now is to promote rather than to humble reason.  Religious thought will not so much have to defend itself against philosophical (critical) reason, as at the time of the Enlightenment, as it will have to defend philosophical (ontological) reason both against sheer irrationalism or a metaphysics of despair and such ultimate fruits of rationalism as pseudo-scientific positivism and dialectical materialism."

-- Jacques Maritain, "A New Approach to God" (The Range of Reason, p.94)