"FAITH" AND "REASON" ARE FRIENDS
Belief in God and Christian faith can both
be based on sound reasoning.
has been much said and written to oppose the path
of Christian faith, particularly by the New Atheism Movement. In all
was a pretty good atheist in my day, so I know how it works. And I
still completely understand how the knowledge, and acceptance, of ‘faith’ held by believers in this day and age can look too good to
true, as far as the average unbeliever in concerned!
decades of practising Christianity I also know my old attitude was way
course. This “Faith and Reason”
section of the website has been
written to logically challenge the inaccuracies of an atheist
worldview. For examples: modern science and moderate religious theology
in conflict, believable theories about
God’s nature are
differences between the major religions of the world can
be explained to a large extent, and suffering and evil in this world does not
Yes, faith and reason can get along quite well, thank you!
2. WE REALLY CAN BELIEVE IN GOD
all that is needed as a
starting point for ‘belief’ is an open mind. I could also say we
actually have to be ready
to believe. The “Our faith journey” section of
this website is devoted to guidance on how
anyone can come to believe in God and build sound Christian faith. Of course, that belief must
on genuine evidence and sound reasoning! Essentially,
we search for ‘evidence’
of God’s existence. And we need go no further afield than to engage with God; open ourselves to him. As such we can then recognise
his presence within both our day-to-day lives and events in the Church itself.
We just have to know how to enter into a relationship with God, then identify and analyse this
And trust me, sometimes evidence can be profound, if we are willing to take
the appropriate steps that are on offer.
an ex-atheist I again concede this may all sound a bit too good to be
but bear with me and read on with that 'open mind' I referred to
3. CHRISTIAN FAITH IS REASONABLE
Christianity held within the broader community. For example, “recorded
history does not supposedly substantiate that Jesus even existed, let alone died
on a wooden cross”. Wrong! It is recorded,
according to mainstream historical scholars. And again, “there is supposedly no way for us to prove to ourselves that
Christian faith can have a sound basis”. Wrong! Millions of us
Christians have actually put it to the test in our lives and now have
sound workable faith with many positive benefits.
When truly understood
and practised, Christianity has the capacity
to significantly change lives for the better. With that in mind, the
essence of Christianity is presented in the final section of this
this “Faith and Reason” section of the website includes an explanation
what God is, the “Christian basics” section includes an understanding of who
Oh, I might add that all major Biblical jargon, such as “saved”, “grace”, “redeemed”, “justified” is also explained there.
Continue to the next article, “Why do people want to believe?”