Put simply—reason assesses, faith trusts. That is the relationship of reason to faith. Reason helps us know what is actually true, leading to accurate belief. Faith is our step of trust to rely on what we have good reason to believe is so.
— Greg Koukl, from The Story of Reality, kindle location 2118
If we are reaching out with the hand of faith to grasp a fantasy, then there will be no one there to rescue us, no matter how strong or sincere our faith is. No, faith does not save. Rather, Jesus saves through faith.
— Greg Koukl, from The Story of Reality, kindle location 2115
It doesn’t matter what you believe, it matters what is true. People need to think about truth rather than just belief. I might believe that the earth is flat, but it isn’t. I might believe the sky is green, but it isn’t. I might believe you will send me a thousand dollars, but you probably won’t! We must help people distinguish between their beliefs and what is true.
— Mark Cahill, from One Thing You Can’t Do In Heaven, p. 150
But that does not alter the fact that mainstream Christianity will insist that faith and evidence are inseparable. Indeed, faith is a response to evidence, not a rejoicing in the absence of evidence. Continue reading
Historical facts prevent faith from becoming fantasy.
— N. T. Wright
For we must also say that a confirmed faith, or better, a well-grounded trust, is well worth embracing by the whole person. In fact, the word “trust,” rather than the now-privatized words “faith” or “belief,” better captures the understanding of commitment set forth in the Bible. The New Testament Greek word often translated as “believe” is more accurately rendered as “trust” (from the word pistis, “trust” or “believe,” rooted in the word peitho, “I persuade”). The biblical attitude is one of persuasion, a will to verify and know what is true and to respond accordingly.
— Nancy Pearcey, from Finding Truth, kindle location 77
God has put enough in this world to make faith in Him a most reasonable thing; He has left enough out to make it impossible to live by sheer reason alone.
— Ravi Zacharias, from “Finding Answers Amid Life’s Greatest Losses” at 1:00:15
“Faith” is a relational term that necessarily involves an object of belief. Christianity does not advocate faith in faith. There is no magic in believing. Believing is per se neither good nor bad. What is critical is the object of the faith.
— Craig Parton, from Religion on Trial, p. 19
Thus Christian faith is not so much about belief in the idea of God, as trust in the person of God. Of course, it is obvious that we can’t dispense with the idea of God—and nobody is suggesting for one moment that we could. The point we’re trying to make is that the Christian experience of God is infinitely more rich and profound than a mere idea!
— Alister McGrath, from Understanding the Trinity, p. 41