Written by Paul Lucas
Reading the book Faith and Reason: Three Views (https://www.ivpress.com/faith-and-reason) has been interesting so far. Even when you read authors you do not agree with, it opens your eyes to thoughts and perspectives you have not heard before. Of course, this can help you in nuancing your own views of things. Because of these readings, I have been thinking quite a lot about how faith and reason actually relate. On one hand, I see value in having a sort of “blind faith”, as per John 20:29: “Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’” But, there is also the conviction that, assuming Christianity is true, the things we see in reality should coincide with the Christian message. That is, the things we read in the Bible should at least seem real to some extent. And I think, as humans, if something were real, we would be able to see it without the need to rely only on faith.
This is a deep topic that probably fundamentally affects all that we do as Christians who attempt to do Philosophy or to reason with people. And, if I am being honest, the grip of “philosophy” is a tough one for me to break. If, indeed, philosophy and reason are secondary to faith, then I may have a hard time letting go of the former two. For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in philosophy and argumentation. Just the other day, in fact, my mother uncovered a journal I had to write for my 10th grade English class, and it was full of staunch opinions and detailed defenses; including political and social views that I have long since abandoned. But all of my teenage written material has one thing in common: it is thoroughly grounded in philosophy and abstract thought. Often, I would take the question asked and rephrase it: “Now, the real question we ought to be asking is this, and here’s why.” It seems that what I call “philosophy” is something more than just a subject: it has been a way of life. And for most of my life, I had no idea how the concept of “faith” could fit into such a structure.