Catholicism is a religion where reason plays a crucial role. When someone is looking to possibly join the Church, they are not told to have blind faith, but to also use reason to discern truth. "Why would God give us the great gift of reason to discern truth and then make His existance contrary to reason?"
The problem is, there does not seem to be a way to justify the use of reason without using reason, and therefore creating a circular argument. We take the valilidity of reason on faith.
But how do we (if it is even possible) dialogue with someone who is unconvinced of the validity of reason? i.e. someone who does not think reason is a valid means to discern truth?
I don’t know personally of anyone who is unconvinced of the reasonableness of reason, but I thought that it is an interesting concept. I’m interested in hearing others opinions on the subject, as well as possible workarounds the proving that reason is a valid avenue to find truth, without circular argument.
(side note: No, I didn’t think of all this by myself. I was prompted to post this after reading Catholic convert J. Budziszewski)