“Doesn’t reliance on logic or reason eliminate the need for the Holy Spirit? Aren’t we relying too much on human reason and human logic rather than trusting the Holy Spirit?”
My response to that would be: It is not an either/or, it’s a both/and. Who said it’s either the Holy Spirit or logic? Who said it’s either God or reason? I assume that it’s a reasonable God and that God, who is reasonable, works with His rational creatures through reason. There’s no reason why He should do otherwise. So it’s not either God or reason, it’s the God of reason working through reason to reach reasonable creatures. Isn’t He the one who said “Come now, let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18)? Isn’t He the one who said “Love the Lord your God with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37)? Isn’t He the one who said “Whatever things are good and true, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8)? What’s wrong with reason? God made it, He has it; we’re made in His image and likeness. It’s not either the Holy Spirit or reason, it’s the Holy Spirit working through reason to reach His reasonable creatures.
If somebody says “Yes, but nobody was ever argued into heaven,” or “Do you know anyone who was reasoned into the kingdom,” I’ll answer that in two ways:
- Yes, and I can introduce you to a lot of them. I met an atheist recently from Russia who was reasoned into a belief in God and then became a Christian. He is now working with the Slavic Gospel Mission, translating books into Russian to do apologetics to reach Russians. I can introduce you to my friend, Don Blye, whom we reasoned with one night, he was an atheist, and he became a Christian.
- In fact, let me turn the tables. Do you know anybody who became a Christian because it was unreasonable, irrational, and absurd? If not, then everybody must have become one because it was reasonable.
So don’t knock reason … it takes reason to knock it. It is an inescapable process of a rational God reaching rational man.
— Norman Geisler, from the Was Calvin a Five-Point Calvinist?, lecture in the tape series Five-Point Calvinism