Fideism Considered. (If you don’t know what “fideism” is, now’s your chance!)

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Continuing our discussion from last week, fideism is the claim that belief comes before reason, that one cannot “think” rightly about God until one has made a faith commitment to God. For many atheists, this whole approach of believing without evidence is a head-scratcher. They think, Why would you just dive in like that? What if you’re wrong? How can …

Atheism part 6 (approximately): Fideism

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One of my favorite Christian philosophers is C. Stephen Evans. He is sophisticated yet accessible to thinking lay people. In his Philosophy of Religion, co-authored with R. Zachary Manis, he contrasts two opposing approaches to faith: neutralism and fideism. In the fideistic way, believing tends to come before critical thinking. There is no stepping back in order to rationally evaluate …

Faith Expanded

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A few years ago, noted author James Sire visited Macalester College in St. Paul where I was working (and have, this past year, returned) and made this statement to a group of students gathered in a dorm lounge: “Faith is much more than logical. But it is not less.” He went on to say that Christian faith also entails (in …

Evidence and Religious Faith

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Secular Student Alliance leader and myself panel-discussing atheism and Christianity at Winona State University. Atheists and Christians often disagree about the nature of religious faith. One group says faith is blind, a leap in the dark, definitely not based on evidence. The other says faith is sighted, a leap in the light, supported by much evidence. Which is it? I …