The need to integrate faith and reason for truth, understanding, and decision-making
Here are seven key considerations which can point in the direction of the critical need for integration:
- The emotional aspects of decision-making are 100% inevitable.
- Behavioral economics makes this argument in terms of Thinking I and Thinking II (its also developed by David Brooks in his book The Road to Virtue, in which he draws on Adam I and Adam II thinking, which parallels somewhat the distinction in behavioral economics).
- Either you are explicit about your faith, or you get one implicitly.
- Faith is key to the human life. Its impossible to life without faith.
- Value and worldview discussions are articles of faith.
- Faith can be grounded in empirical data and experience.
- Wisdom is reflective of an emotional and faith-based approach to life.
Its also worth noting the following seven key insights:
- Reductive rationalism is actually bad. Sheldon Cooper and Spock are great examples. [this provides the need that emotion & faith can serve]
- The idea that Christianity isn’t rational—assumes a particular type of rationality, in the same way that Objectivism by Rand assumes a particular type of rationality that not everyone buys into.
- Aristotlean logic and even Platonic logic is more in line with Christian thinking than the reductionistic aspects of new atheism. Various reasons why reductionism is anti-logical and anti-rational.
- Ideologies like determinism, scientism, and materialism are hardly rational.
- Relativism is irrational and morality is rational. (justifies all forms of evil)
- Hedonism is irrational. (hedonistic treadmill)
- Utilitarianism is irrational in many circumstances. (rights, justice, intrinsic value, etc…)
- Further, all decisions are data plus inference.