Hey all, here I am 7 months later and I still haven’t written anything new. This is a guest post by my friend Allison.
Faith AND Reason (and boys)
Ok first off, I want to apologize for the abundance of quotes to follow. I got kind of carried away. Feel free to just skip over them. They do, however, represent some of the differing views on the subject of Faith vs. Reason. Oh, and the last quote is a bonus quote for the ladies – Girl Power!
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:1, The Bible
“Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.”
“The heart has its reasons which reason knows not.”
“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
“Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.”
“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”
“Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.”
“I don’t believe in God. I believe in Science.”
–Esqueleto, Nacho Libre
“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”
–Jane Austen, Persuasion
Ok, so I’ve been taking this philosophy course this semester in college. It’s pretty fun and pretty thought provoking. One of the most recent discussion topics was the idea of Faith vs. Reason. Faith and reason are pitted against one another inside the Octagon, and only one can win. Or so says some. But I say that the construction of this dichotomy is flawed. Why does it have to be faith vs. reason? Why can’t it be faith AND reason. Why are the two mutually exclusive?
I ask this because of the question “Why?”.
Reason is supposedly scientific. It deals with measurable things and the logic based on what can be observed.
Faith deals with the unseen. It provides an explanation for things that can’t be explained by logic alone.
But if you return to the question of “Why?”, you get a fusion of faith and reason.
Let me explain:
Gravity itself cannot be seen, but its effects can. Newton’s apple always falls; what goes up, must come down. It’s a law of nature.
But where did the law come from? Why is there a law? Why does gravity exist?
We have laws to explain what things that exist do, but the laws don’t explain why they do what they do.
Further, Stephen Hawking believes (note that this, too is a form of faith!) that the laws of physics have always been, that they were in existence at the Big Bang. But can we say that something has “always” existed? Is there no origin? Others would argue that something like gravity came into existence from a catalyst. So what was the catalyst? And what was the catalyst’s catalyst?
Again, why are there laws, period?
Logic and reason calls for an ultimate catalyst, or something that always is and always was that not only created (I know, that word has certain connotations attached to it) the laws of the universe, but continually control and keep these laws in motion. The Big Bang cannot be the be all and end all because there had to be something to set the big bang in motion (if indeed the big bang actually occurred).
So here we are: even if you choose to believe in the Big Bang theory, something typically exclusive of God, logic and reason calls for a belief in something bigger – it just doesn’t make sense not to believe in something bigger.
Which is where faith comes in. Faith picks up where reason leaves off. Or stated in another way, reason leads to faith.
So why does science and faith have to be pitted against each other? Why are scientists generally afraid of faith, and religions generally afraid of science? If those that believe in God weren’t so afraid of science, they could strengthen their belief by using sound reasoning. If scientists would just consider the idea of God, they might be able to do the same.
Ok, so enough of this philosophical craziness.
Why do boys do what they do? (Maybe still philosophical?)
Why can’t boys just be men? (Boyz 2 men, boy-boy-boyz 2 men : ))
And do you think it’s possible for one person to be in love with two people at once? And I mean really – not just physical attraction, but genuine love.
For those of you who slogged through this post and made it to this point, congratulations. You’re the winner of the grand prize!!!
Enjoy this baby monkey riding on a pig – backwards!!!