“In a sense the marriage of faith and reason is the most important question in apologetics because it is the overall question. If faith and reason are not wedded partners, if faith and reason are divorced or incompatible, like cats and birds, then apologetics is impossible. For apologetics is the attempt to ally reason to faith, to defend faith with reason’s weapon.”[i]
In both religious and secular circles, faith and reason are understood in ways that contradict the Judeo/Christian Scriptures. This phenomenon in the West is partly due to Darwinian philosophic naturalism that pits science against religion, where the former gives us objective knowledge binding on all, but the latter produces personal preferences binding only on the subject.
It’s also partly due to equivocating terms (I.e., misrepresenting the meaning of a word in context). This is evident when professing believers affirm that, “to argue your religious convictions removes the need for faith”.[ii] With positions like this, it’s understandable why many nonbelievers see Christians as foolish stupid sheep believing in fairy tales.
Defining faith in such terms is not only unbiblical, but it mutes the Christian worldview from significantly informing areas of education, law, bioethics, philosophy, and political theory. The reason is because “faith” understood in the above manner, does not provide knowledge, but only offers private personal preferences or values.
Hence, to remove the misunderstanding between faith and reason, we will consider three views regarding their relationship, the definitions of faith and reason and the ways in which the two are allies, rather than enemies. To read the entire article click here.
[i] Peter Kreeft & Ronald K. Tacelli, Handbook of Christian Apologetics, p. 29. © 1994 by Peter Kreeft & Ronald K. Tacelli, InterVarsity Press
[ii] Radio Talk Host Greg Koukl fielded a caller on Stand To Reason broadcast. This occurred sometime in the 1990’s