The Reasonableness Of The Christian Faith

Posted: October 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

It is in vogue now for Christians to simply reply ” I just believe” when confronted with a supposed inconsistency between their “faith” and “reason” , especially when “reason” is assumed to be the exclusive property of the sceptic. It’s as if Kierkegaard was the final authority for us, and not, say for instance, the Apostle John, who states that the reason for his Gospel is to give evidence for belief in Christ Jesus.

The anti-intellectual strain of Evangelicalism is rampant today. But according to Peter, we are supposed to give a reason for our hope.

It may be easier to affirm the sceptic’s false dichotomy of faith and reason, but it’s a foolish concession.

J. Warner Wallace writes: “Christians, however, are not called to make decisions without good evidence. The God of the Bible does not call his children to obey blindly. The Gospels are themselves an important form of direct evidence; the testimony of eyewitnesses who observed the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus. That’s why the scriptures repeatedly call us to have a reasoned belief in Christ, and not to resort to the behavior of unreasoning animals…”- http://crossexamined.org/reasonable-evidential-nature-christian-faith/

We have solid forensic and philosophical evidence for our orthodox Christian beliefs, so instead of just shrugging your shoulders, and retreating into the “I just believe” mantra, try thinking through your beliefs, and why you believe them. Do the fruitful work of an apologist. Study Scripture, read good apologetics books. Be prepared to give an answer, not just to be right, or win an argument, but to actually engage in spiritual warfare, and pull down worldviews and smug defenses, as 2CO 10:4-5 tells us to do.

If we do this with gentleness and humility, as Peter instructs us to do, with a firm confidence that comes from careful preparation, we can combat the faith/reason dichotomy. If we do this in the hearing of other Christians, we may just kill two birds with one stone: silencing the sceptic, and bolstering the faith of other believers.

Simul Justus et peccator,

Enrico

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  2. […] The Reasonableness Of The Christian Faith (christianreasons.com) It is in vogue now for Christians to simply reply ” I just believe” when confronted with a supposed inconsistency between their “faith” and “reason” , especially when “reason” is assumed to be the exclusive property of the sceptic. It’s as if Kierkegaard was the final authority for us, and not, say for instance, the Apostle John, who states that the reason for his Gospel is to give evidence for belief in Christ Jesus. + We have solid forensic and philosophical evidence for our orthodox Christian beliefs, so instead of just shrugging your shoulders, and retreating into the “I just believe” mantra, try thinking through your beliefs, and why you believe them. Do the fruitful work of an apologist. Study Scripture, read good apologetics books. Be prepared to give an answer, not just to be right, or win an argument, but to actually engage in spiritual warfare, and pull down worldviews and smug defenses, as 2CO 10:4-5 tells us to do. […]

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