Monday, October 6, 2008

True and Reasonable

In Acts 26:25, because of his Christian beliefs, Paul is accused of being insane. He replies, "I am not insane ... What I am saying is true and reasonable."

Christianity is for the thoughtful, the reasonable -- those who seek evidence for belief. There may be those who embrace it for other reasons, but this does not negate its reasonable foundations.

I am a Christian not because of some feeling or because I was raised as one (I wasn't). Rather, I am a Christian because I find it to be a "true and reasonable" worldview.

I grant that there are other reasons why some embrace or reject Christianity. Unfortunately, an anti-intellectual Christianity, or a Christianity that in some ways diminishes the life of the mind, is in some respects responsible for creating an image of Christianity that is much less than "true and reasonable."

In other words, it is unbiblical forms of Christianity that harm rather than help. It is these forms that are most often attacked in the public square, rather than robust and intellectual Christianity. And why shouldn't they be? After all, they are easy targets. But to truly reason with a committed, intellectual Christian is a challenge for all involved.

Let us not have anti-intellectual Christianity that diminishes the role of the mind in relation to faith, but instead let us use reason as best we can in the defense and proclamation of what is "true and reasonable."