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God is the Teacher in Both Faith and Reason (Pt 2) (The Reasons to Believe #34)

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The Reasons to Believe #34

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture passage for today is 2 Corinthians 10:5. It reads, "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." 

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from William Lane Craig. He said, "When a person refuses to come to Christ it is never just because of lack of evidence or because of intellectual difficulties: at root, he refuses to come because he willingly ignores and rejects the drawing of God's Spirit on his heart. No one in the final analysis really fails to become a Christian because of lack of arguments; he fails to become a Christian because he loves darkness rather than light and wants nothing to do with God."

Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled "God Is the Teacher in Both Faith and Reason" (Part 2) from "The Handbook of Christian Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli:

Every possible argument against every Christian doctrine has a rational mistake in it somewhere, and therefore can be answered by reason alone. 

If this were not so, if Aquinas is wrong here, then one of those arguments from unbelievers against one of the doctrines of Christianity, at least, would really and truly prove the doctrine to be false, that is, prove Christianity untrue. Aquinas's optimistic view of the marriage between faith and reason necessarily follows from the simple premise that Christianity is true. Thus "Christian irrationalism" is self-contradictory.

Remember, however, that we (and Aquinas) are not claiming that all Christian doctrines can be proved by reason, only that every argument against them can be disproved. Nor are we claiming that any given person can disprove them. Reason is flawless, de jure, but reasoners are not, de facto.