Our Reasons to Believe Scripture passage for today is Colossians 2:8-9. It reads, "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily."
Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Abraham Lincoln He said, "I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say that there is no God."
Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled "Objections In the Discussion of Faith and Reason" (Part 4) from "The Handbook of Christian Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli:
Today, we will continue with our objections and replies in the discussion of faith and reason:
Objection 6: Doesn't reason take away the merit of faith? There is nothing praise-worthy in believing something because you see it, whether with your eyes or with your mind; but it is praiseworthy to trust a friend. To prove what you believe removes your merit, or praiseworthiness, in believing it; so it is not advantageous.
Reply A: Since we are supposed to grow up and figure things out for ourselves, understand and proving our faith is praiseworthy. Our parents don't want us to remain children who don't understand them but can only trust them. (Nor do they want us to stop trusting them.) What is praiseworthy is obeying God's will in all things, including his will for us to grow up.
Reply B: Reason is not more perfect virtue then faith, but it is more perfect knowledge. Faith is secondhand knowledge, through authority. In heaven there will be no need for faith. We will see and understand for ourselves. Insofar as we can do this on earth, this is progress, for heaven is the standard of real progress.
To add reason to faith is progress, but to demand reason before faith is not. If I demand proof before trusting you, that means I trust you less. But to desire to rationally understand the one I trust is not a weakening of the trust.
Reply C: Finally, we still need faith even after we know a truth by reason, to stave off irrational doubts. Reason and faith are not rivals but allies against irrational doubts, passion, prejudice, propaganda, fear, folly, fantasy and fallacy.
There is a far harder task than the one we have dealt with. We have seen that there can never be any real contradiction between faith and reason, between Christian revelation and true philosophy or true science. It was about the task of being both a full Christian and a full philosopher or scientist. That task is easy. What is harder, and more precious, is to be a Christian philosopher or a Christian scientist.
The greatness of giants like Augustine and Aquinas was not merely that they solved problems and resolved apparent contradictions between faith and reason, Christianity and philosophy; but that they married them, united them, permeated their philosophy with the light of faith. They were not, like Descartes (Day-cart), just philosophers who happened to be Christians or Christians who happened to be philosophers, but Christian philosophers.
How do you do that? It takes more than a chapter in a book to say. Read them and see. You learn more about what a good marriage is by living in one than by reading all the books in the world about it. The same is true of the marriage between faith and reason. Through the magic of books, the masters still converse with us. We are invited to "come and see." The best way to become a good student, and then a good teacher, of Christian apologetics is to go to the masters to be taught, to sit at their feet. Even dwarves like us, if we have the good sense to do that, can become farsighted like eagles.