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On the importance of reason for the Christian faith

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

On the importance of reason for the Christian faith


There are few more important or exciting movements afoot today than the Veritas Forum. Started by Kelly Monroe Kullberg, "Veritas Forums are university events that engage students and faculty in discussions about life's hardest questions and the relevance of Jesus Christ to all of life." It is important for Christians to see the importance of truth and reason to our faith. It is more than just reasonable and true, but certainly no less. Speaking at a Veritas forum at Yale, eminent New Testament Scholar N.T. Wright captures this sentiment:

"There is an increasing danger that reason will simply be ignored, and that arguments will become mere shouting matches where the loudest, or most acceptable, voice wins. Granted, the Christian knows that reason by itself is not enough. The Christian gospel highlights one who went to his death for a higher reason, the law of love. Nevertheless, the higher reason, sometimes called wisdom in the biblical tradition, offers rich, deep coherent answers to the ultimate questions, and we owe it to our contemporaries to wrestle afresh with the questions and articulate the answers in fresh ways, not least to rehabilitate wisdom within a culture that is fast making virtue of folly."

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2 Comments:

Blogger Barry said...

"Reason by itself is not enough."
I think that this is an important part of what Wright is saying. Reason is not the capital way we come to know God. It is one way among others, equal in necessity. Reason is, of course, needed but we must also grant a voice to experience, for one and faith for another. I think that these and others are needed to have more than just a faith that believes in things but a faith that lives and breathes in the world it is called to reach.

May 10, 2008 at 11:26 PM  
Blogger Barry said...

Oh by the way, I go to your church.

May 10, 2008 at 11:29 PM  

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