Schaeffer’s story captures the ideathat faith is not blind. It is based on reason with the understandingthat faith bridges the gap by trusting in someone or something in a betterposition than yourself.
Schaeffer contends that, “Probably the best way to describe this concept of moderntheology is to say that it is faith in faith, rather than faith directedto an object which is actually there. Modern man cannot talk about theobject of his faith, only about the faith itself. So, he can discuss theexistence of his faith and its “size” as it exists against all reason, butthat is all.
Modern man’s faith turns inward. In Christianity, the valueof faith depends upon the object towards which the faith is directed. So, itlooks outward to the God who is there, and to the Christ who in historydid upon the cross once for all, finished the work of atonement, and onthe third day rose again in space and in time. This makes Christian faithopen to discussion and verification.”1Thereason this understanding of the relationship between faith and reason is so imperative is that the incredible mass of conventional individuals cannot cometo a relentless conviction approximately the truth of Christianity any other way. Francis Schaffer says, “Faith is to believe, onthe word of God, what we do not see, and its reward is to see and enjoy what webelieve.”Nature of Christian Faith and Reason The natureof Christian faith and reason has been a conflict for many since the beginning becauseof the varying understandings that have been applied to Christianity. When itis understood that reason is an instrument that God has given to people allows themto draw conclusions and inductions from other information, then it can beunderstood that such information has been given through His Word in theScriptures.
Reason is a fundamental portion of Christianity because God’s Word tellsus to reason and give many examples which gives certaintyin them and a sort of confidence. If one is a Christian then they would anticipatediscovering a standard of thinking that reflects the image of the Scriptural God.On the other hand, the non-Christian may not be able to account for laws of rationalein the Scriptures because of their worldview. Since laws of rationale are essentialfor thinking it takes confidence that is coherent for all thinking. However, inno way is this saying that non-Christians cannot reason they simply may use a differenttype of information as their foundation such as a worldview they proclaim. In spiteof the fact that using the Scriptures is a vital portion of a Christian’s life,reason alone is not adequate to lead us to Christ. With that said faith is a significantportion of a Christian’s life.
In Christian philosophy, faith is supernaturally motivated by a person reaction to God. When Christians have a believing state of mind towardGod, faith may be compared with trust and confidence. Withthat being said one can hold faith at a higher position than reason because reason can rebuildconcepts that are understood in faith. “Humanity needs to escape from the vicious circle offutile existence and that can come only through the delivery action of God.
“(Brown 1994, 14). When faith is used in Scripture it simply refersto those things both supernaturally and naturally revealed by God. In a supernaturalsense faith can be described with words like belief, obedience, steadfastness orloyalty.
On the natural side sometimes faith can be compared with sight, doubt,and deeds of the law but it should not be compared with knowledge to imply a separation. In the new Encyclopedia of Britannicaon faith says, “In Christiantheology, faith is divinely inspired human response to God’s historical revelationthrough Jesus Christ and, consequently, is of crucial significance.”2 1 THE GOD WHO IS THERE, (DOWNERSGROVE, IL: INTERVARSITY PRESS, 1968), P85.
2 The new Encyclopedia of Britannica: 15thediton, vol – IV s.v. Faith, 1983, p.33