Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
I'm not sure who all of the top 5 would be. William of Ockham is #1.
The other 4 in the top 5 would be Descartes, Locke, Kant and Kierkegaard.
Descartes initiated the stratagem of methodological doubt, Locke introduced rationalism into Christianity so that only those doctrines which are 'reasonable' are valid, thereby eliminating all sense of mystery and restricting religion to what man can understand through pure logic. Kant then turned around and dismissed all attempted logical or rational proofs of religious doctrine as impossible, and Kierkegaard finished the job by declaring that doctrine is irrelevant, Christianity is inherently irrational and, therefore, the only thing one has to rely on is subjective religious experience, and Christianity is reduced to simply an expression of an emotional state.