More on the supposed conflict between faith and reason
This creates a rigged game:
For my purposes a “fact” is something that could be verified, while a “belief” is not.
Presumably the context you refer to is the reason versus faith divide. First, this is a dualism created by scientism and hyper rationalism.
Its the same kind of dualism that says that we don’t live in communities and that negative rights are the only things that matter. Its a useful lines in some cases (ie easy assignment of guilt and blame), but less useful in others (we have a shared goods problem or perhaps more to the point a tragedy of the commons problem). In the same way faith and reason co-mingle. Rationality itself is wedded to emotion and history. This is what behavioral economics says–and the newest science on the human mind, decision-making, and psychology. It seems very cut and dried–but when you look at a nuanced view its lacking. Its precisely the heuristics of thought which limit the scientist and attempts at rationality. We need a more integrated and complex way to deal with such issues.
The idea of not allowing a possibility beyond this seems a bit narrow–a bit limited. Its like the person from a particular geography or sub-culture who universalizes the experience in that culture or geography.
The dawn of quantum physics has ushered in an era in which mind deviance is a norm–and the core of materialist science is questioned.
The experience of a specialness to humanity–is echoed through reality and daily experience–but a scientific or strictly materialist doesn’t allow for such a view.
Science in some regards is question begging. Its not meant to answer these questions–which makes the question a bit question begging.
Moreover, we daily make decisions grounded on faith–for instance in ethics and relationships.
The Bible even points to the notion that God is a God of wooing and mystery. (I believe Kierkeggard and others have made a similar argument).
The person of faith isn’t always making a decision based on a strick truth/falsity of the claim. The believe is making their decision based on a better way of living which coheres to their experience. You might say, well I haven’t experienced God? But experiencing God in one sense is just acknowledging that:
1) we’re not perfect. left to our own devices we can mess things up a bit.
2) that we are blessed. its the demonstration of gratitude
3) the proof for Jesus trump the denials–the historical evidence is incredibly compelling
You can read my original post here.