Category Archives: Faith and Reason

PI AND REALITY (Part 2)

Florence Stratton offers a brilliant discussion of Martel’s book in her essay, “‘Hollow At the Core’: Deconstructing Yann Martel’s Life of Pi” in the literary journal, Studies in Canadian Literature (found at http://journals.hil.unb.ca/index.php/scl/article/view/12746/13689). She writes, “Life of Pi is organized around a philosophical debate about the modern world’s privileging of reason over imagination, science over religion, materialism over idealism, fact over fiction or story. The extreme poles of this debate are represented in the latter part of the novel by the two officials from the Japanese government.” Continue reading

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REASONABLE FAITH

Doubting Thomas. What a nickname to be saddled with. A close follower of Jesus, chosen by Jesus to be one of the Twelve, those who would have closest access to the Rabbi, to his miracles and his teachings. Yet, he was so disillusioned by the crucifixion of this man whom they were so sure was the Messiah that he refused to believe in his resurrection, even when ten of the Twelve testified that they had witnessed it with their own eyes. Thomas – a true skeptic. Then Jesus appeared to him. Continue reading

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IS FAITH INFERIOR TO REASON?

How do we explain the relationship between reason and faith? What happens when someone encounters a question they cannot answer? Does faith compromise the endeavor to find an answer through rules of logic and science? Is faith the blind leap to some mystical explanation that transcends the natural material world and bypasses reason? Continue reading

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