Today on his blog, my friend Cliff Martin summarizes the ultimate basis for his belief:
I am a believer in God, first and foremost, because I choose to be.
I have not abandoned those reasons for belief. I still value the rational approach of the Thomists the Natural Theology espoused by Thomas Aquinas, but I recognize that my belief does not begin there. Nor can it logically stem from the Presuppositional approach favored by many Christians who claim that belief must begin with the presupposition of divine revelation contained in the Scriptures, a view which I completely reject. My belief in God must, at its inception, be a matter of choice. I believe in God because I wish to.
Belief does not end with a choice. Those who choose to believe can and likely will, in my view find ample confirmation of that choice, a stream of rational and experiential evidences more than sufficient to validate belief. And though my faith is bolstered and reinforced by observation, reasoned consideration, spiritual experience, etc., my faith begins with this simple admission: I believe in God because I choose to believe in God.
As I mention in the comments, this bears a strong affinity to my own recent musings on these matters. Although I initially found a strong resonance with the words on Mulder’s poster, I eventually came to think that it amounted to fideism, a position which I still reject.
But I recently began to reflect that there’s an important difference between thinking that faith is by (Kierkegaard’s) definition independent of and even hostile to rationality and the essentially humbler and more negotiable conclusion I’ve come to that is consonant with reasoning through the available rational data and not finding it conclusive. I’ve looked at all the options — and seriously considered it all — but in the end, I just don’t think we have enough indisputable empirical or philosophical facts to go on that would justify throwing out the system of belief that I have found has the most potential of making our world an intelligible place. So in the interim between now and certainty, I’m going to believe what seems to me to make the most sense of the experience of humanity: theism of an essentially Christian character.”
Make sure to read Cliff’s post!Tagged with: Cliff Martin • Faith • Faith vs reason • fideism • Kierkegaard • X-Files