Rationalism and Faith


(Robert Anderson) #1

Been thinking about this topic a good bit and would love to hear your feedback and thoughts.

There is a lot of talk in the sceptical world that science/atheism/agnosticism/rationalism (whatever you want to call it) is not a faith. I specifically remember Prof Dawkins exclaiming this when debating John Lennox and Lennox replied rather humerously, “You do believe it don’t you??”. I thought that funny and simple reply exposed a flaw in pure rationalism. It is a faith, but unlike religion, it is has no justification or basis. And it is a faith because it believes in the authority of the human mind to think truthfully. But how do we know this? How do we know our good logic does not completely mislead us away from the truth? Any test we could produce to measure the validity of the mind falls flat because it relies on the mind to observe the results. That’s like using a ruler to measure itself. So if our minds are warped, would not also our observations and conclusions be warped? So then all we are left with is a dogmatic belief that our minds are accurate based on no evidence whatsoever. As atheists, what choice do we have? On the other hand, as Christians, we have actual reason to trust our minds because they were gifted to us by God. So, ironically, Christianity proves to be quite rational while rationality proves to be quite irrational.

Thoughts?