RZIM: Faith and Evidence

"That’s not faith."

There is an episode of the TV series Bones, in which the main character is buried alive with a friend and they are running out of air. She is not panicking because she is sure her partner Booth will rescue them. Her friend says, "You sure have a lot of faith in him." Her reply betrays a common assumption about the nature of faith: "Faith is an irrational belief in something that’s logically impossible," she says. "Over time, I have seen what Booth can do. That’s not faith."

These comments reflect how many people view faith: it is an irrational leap in the dark. It is about accepting propositions without evidence or even against the available evidence. However, in the Christian sense, faith is not opposed to reason or evidence. It is simply not reducible to either one. In the book of 1 John, we read: "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us" (1 John 1:1-3)

M O R E . . .

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~ by thoughtcrime2 on September 4, 2008.

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