Released: May 1, 2014 By: Daniel Whyte III
Our Reasons to Believe Scripture passage for today is Isaiah 50:4. It reads, "The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned."
Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Dr. Walter Bradley. He said, "Discoveries of the last half of the 20th century have brought the scientific community to the realization that our universe and our planet in the universe are so remarkably unique that it is almost impossible to imagine how this could have happened accidentally, causing many agnostic scientists to concede that indeed some intelligent creative force may be required to account for it."
Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled "Identity of Faith and Reason and Dualism" from "The Handbook of Christian Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli:
Position 3, that of an identity between what is knowable by faith and what is knowable by reason, is a logical possibility, but no one we know of has ever held it.
Dualism is a popular position today because it reflects the "separation of church and state," religion and philosophy, sacred and secular, that characterizes the modern era. Dualism simply divorces faith and reason, placing them into two different compartments. It usually does this by (a) reducing reason to scientific, mathematical, and empirical reasoning, and (b) reducing faith to a personal, subjective attitude. Thus reason and faith correspond to the public and private sectors.
It seems reasonable to hold such dualism if you believe some esoteric Eastern religion based on private mystical experience; but unreasonable if you are a Christian, a Jew or a Muslim (all of whom have been called "the People of the Book"), someone who believes in a religion of public, pro-positional revelation.
It also seems cowardly not to meet the unbeliever's challenge to fight on a common field (reason) but instead to withdraw to a private one (faith as conceived here in a merely subjective way --- a fundamental misunderstanding of "faith," judged by historic Christian standards).
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