I believe in reason, which is why I am a Christian.
The idea that reason is incompatible (and trumps) faith is pushed by many atheists, secularists, and many in the media. They think that believing in God is for the weak and ignorant, and any “reasonable” person would find that all it takes is a little more intelligence to understand there is no God.
But I believe in reason and God, and I will provide a few reasons why. You can note that these things are fairly simple concepts.
It is unreasonable to believe anything can come from nothing, let alone galaxies, planets, life, or the sheer complexity of an ant
It has been calculated that the probability of our entire known universe to produce just one planet like earth is less than one chance in 10 to the 139th power (ten thousand trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion). And you thought winning the lottery twice was impossible? There is a better chance that a 6th grade basketball team could beat an NBA all-star team in a full 48 minute game than earth coming from nothing.
Is that reasonable to believe.
It is unreasonable to believe there are such things as true moral values without a God
Who’s to say bullying, stealing, lying, or murder is wrong? Just because we may not like something that doesn’t automatically make it wrong. If morals are relative to the individual, Hitler certainly cannot be faulted for the holocaust, he only did what he thought was “right.”
If we are being realistic, one million years from now (if God doesn’t exist) it doesn’t matter how nice you were or the amount of charity you did. If you’ve only got one life, you better not waste it on other people. Yet everybody has an inherent sense that there a certain things that are right and certain things that are wrong. If evolution is true, than it is all about the survival of the fittest and all humans are not equal and have no inherent rights.
It is not possible to be “good without God,” because who are we to say what is actually bad? And if nothing is “bad,” than “good” doesn’t exist either.
Is that reasonable to believe?
It is unreasonable to believe in reason alone because that still takes faith
The “problem” with faith is that it causes you to put your trust in something unknown. However, thinking that rationality is all there is, is also a belief. The idea behind rationalism and it’s “god” (science), is that no one should believe something without empirical proof. But how can you empirically prove that no one should believe something without empirical proof?
The “rationalist” still has to put his or her trust in something, and they do this by believing in “reason.” It cannot be empirically proven that God doesn’t exist. Therefore, the rationalist must have faith that God does not exist and is for the weak an unreasonable minded.
Also, since the rationalist is against the idea of ignorant faith, each rationalist must do their own experiment on every single scientific, geographic, geologic, etc., discovery to verify for themselves that what they are being told by scientists and researches is actually true. If not they must believe out of faith that all of the scientists and researchers who have done the experiments and reviewed them and tested them are not lying to them.
“Rationalism” is the same as theism in that they both still require faith.
The point here is not that I have “proven” that God exists, I have not, but rather to show that it is simply untrue that reason and faith in God are separate and opposite
That is reasonable to believe.