Tag: reason

Think Again: Christianity’s Relationship to Reason

Are Christians well known for their careful thinking, or does faith do damage to reason? While skeptics sometimes question whether historic Christianity comports with a vigorous logical outlook on life and the world, the truth of the matter is that many advancements in the area of logic have come from the work of Christian scholars. In Patrick Hurley’s popular college…

Quote of the Week: Richard Purtill

One way of getting a preliminary insight into [C. S.] Lewis’ argument [from reason] is to ask whether nature is a product of mind or mind is a product of nature. If God created nature, as Christians believe, then nature is understandable by reason because it is a product of reason. —Richard Purtill, C. S. Lewis’ Case for the Christian…

Thinking is not an option for the Christian; it is an imperative.

—Norman L. Geisler and Ronald M. Brooks, Come, Let Us Reason (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1990), 7.

 The philosopher, and others who reason critically, can no more do without logic than the physicist can do without mathematics.

—Ed. L. Miller, Questions That Matter, 4th ed. (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1996), 31.

Logic Lesson: Truth Trumps Origin

This may shock some of you—but I’m not Spock! Of course, I like to think (or, better yet, have others think) I’m as dispassionate and logical in my thinking as was the original Star Trek science officer Mr. Spock. But, then again, I’m not half Vulcan.

Faith, Reason, and Personal Persuasion

Recently a newspaper reporter asked me to respond to two provocative questions: (1) “Is it necessary to leave reason and move to faith in order to embrace Christianity?” and (2) “If there are strong arguments in support of Christianity’s actually being true, then why aren’t more people, particularly intelligent, well-educated people, persuaded as to its truth?”

Logic 101: Christianity and Reason, Part 7 (of 12)

A skeptic once sent me an email informing me that Christians could never genuinely value and utilize logic and critical thinking because their faith prohibits them from basing their beliefs on rational considerations. Thus, the skeptic concluded, logic and critical thinking are at odds with the Christian conception of faith (particularly believers’ acceptance of the Bible as a divine revelation.)