Faith & Reason
“The supreme function of reason is to show man that some things are beyond reason.” –Blaise Pascal
Our faith is not a blind faith, if it were blind, than nothing would separate us from the Hindu or Muslim, or any other religion who’s foundation builds on blind faith. Our faith is based on truths, some historical, some existential, truths consistent with our reality. CS Lewis said “I believe in God like I believe in the sun, not just because I see it, but because through it I can see everything else.” Through faith we can reason a meaningful reality around us. A favorite of mine Francis Schaeffer, also speaking of faith and reason said: “Christianity is the most advanced intellectual system the mind of man has ever touched.” In other words, reason is not the enemy of faith, it doesn’t contradict my faith, it is through this unique gift that God has given humanity (reason) that we can confirm our faith, and acknowledge it as truth. G.S. West once said, if we separate reason from faith, than we “become potential victims of those wolves in sheep’s clothing who prey on the ignorance of others.”
Through reason we are able to know and understand our limitations, we are able to know that there is something beyond us, something bigger than what we can fathom, or reason for ourselves, this is were faith comes in. Through reason and faith we understand God’s word and we can have an active relationship with God, we can grow in God and continue to learn more of Him.
So in a nutshell the words of the great apologetic theologian (Augustine) come to mind: Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.”