Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Reason and Faith

Something I emphasize that is very important is definitions, as regular readers of this site and especially Piltdown Superman have read. I have noticed an increase in the tactics of theological liberals, political leftists, climate change cultists, evolutionists, and atheists to make an assertion of a false definition and build illogical but passionate arguments from there. Here, we look at faith.

Atheists like to ridicule Christians and creationists for having faith. This is based on their redefinition of the word. Worse for atheists and evolutionists, they have faith of their own.
Credit: Pixabay / Orlando
"Didn't you date Faith's sister, Cowboy Bob?"

I did have a date that woman. I wanted to, though. Let's leave personal history aside and move on.

Atheists essentially proclaim themselves as harbingers of reason. When pressed to give logical arguments, they proceed to produce logical fallacies by the bushel. Atheists and evolutionists insist on conflating science with naturalism, then proclaiming that anything to do with God is not scientific. They also denigrate presuppositional apologetics where Christians have the Word of God as their ultimate starting point, but they are hardcore presuppositionalists themselves, proclaiming godless naturalism as their starting point. The same thing happens when discussing faith. Secularists do have faith, but they have redefined the word in a derogatory manner to distance themselves from it.

Charles Darwin exhibited a wishful thinking type of faith when he admitted that he did not have scientific evidence to support his views (such as the fossil record). Evolutionists frequently use a kind of "science of the gaps" faith to fill in the missing evidence: science will find what is needed someday. Believing in such things without evidence is not science, it is blind faith, pilgrim.

When accusing Christians and creationists of not using reason, they are misrepresenting our positions. Faith is ridiculed, but it is essentially a straw man because what they call faith has nothing to do with real faith.
Atheists often accuse Christians of believing things or having “faith” without evidence and like to remind them of the old adage: “faith is believing what you know is not true.” In the eyes of many atheists, “faith” has become a buzzword for putting your intellect out of gear and for believing something without any reason or evidence for it (i.e., blind faith). For example, atheist and scientist Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith, argues that faith is separate from reason and is the absence of evidence:
Faith is nothing more than the license that religious people give one another to believe such propositions when reasons fail. . . . When we find reliable ways to make human beings more loving, less fearful, and genuinely enraptured by the fact of our appearance in the cosmos, we will have no need for divisive religious myths.
On a more popular level this argument is used by the atheist activist Aron Ra, best known for his YouTube videos, who defines faith in a similar fashion to Harris:. . . 
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A favorite proof-text by atheists (including Ra) to argue that Christians believe without evidence is the apostles Paul’s words: “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). However, Paul is not suggesting that Christians take a blind leap of faith.
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Although these atheists may have heard sincere Christians wrongly say things like, “oh, you just have to have faith” as if they didn’t need evidence for their belief, this is not supported by the meaning of the words faith or belief that is found in the New Testament.
To read the article in its entirety, click on "Are Atheists Right? Is Faith the Absence of Reason/Evidence?


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