In a message dated Tue, 22 May 2001 9:26:49 AM Eastern Daylight Time, "Jennifer Formichelli" <[log in to unmask]> writes:
<< Dear Tak8,
I very much doubt Eliot would have agreed with this idea that he turned to religion 'in defiance of reason'. I think he saw it rather in defense of reason.
You may be right: I don't pretend to any special knowledge as to his inner thoughts. I've merely tried to extrapolate from what he's written. I've previously identified parts of AW, in particular, that I believe suggest that Eliot adopted faith based upon hope rather than belief which, viewed from a certain angle, may be in conflict with reason (depending upon how one defines "reason.")
But then belief also may be in defiance of reason, depending upon how one arrives at it. For example, one can attempt logical proofs of God, or at least of his probability, and argue from effects ("the uncaused cause", or, "how such a watch without a watchmaker"), as many have done. Or one can say, "It is impossible, therefore I believe."
No deprication of faith was intended by my speculation regarding Eliot's particular brand.