Thought you might be interested in a letter I just sent off to the Northern Star. It addresses one of the many issues we need to think though as we engage in Connect09. Bit of a warm-up for ‘Got Questions’ in term 2!
I have noticed a steady stream of letters to the editor pitting rationality against faith. Rationality is one type of thinking, so this argument goes, and faith quite another. And this is expressed with the patronising aside, “but as long as your faith doesn’t hurt anyone, carry on with your delusion”.
Pitting rationality against faith, however, is a nonsense. It is possible to have irrational faith. And it is possible to have rational faith. I do not accept that I need to “shut my eyes to the facts” to believe that Jesus Christ lived, died and rose from the dead. Rather I encourage all readers to check out the facts supporting such belief. Many people, historians and scientists included, who have bothered to investigate the evidence, have come to rational faith in Jesus. 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 is a good place to start.