I have been reading some really interesting dialogue lately between Christians and atheists. For the most part, I've read some great questions and thoughts. Most of what I have read from atheists seems to argue that logic demands that the Christian faith is a farce, or at least highly improbable. I don't seek to address that thought per se, but to take a step back and look at the concept of logic as a starting point. Forgive me for a broad generalization, but it seems that most atheists arguing against the Christian faith are arguing, ultimately, that logic is king. I don't see many atheists arguing that the story of Jesus isn't beautiful. Or that Scripture isn't poetic. Or that Christians are incapable of love. It always comes down to logic. "The Christian faith isn't logical. It can't be true."
I have a thought on this: What if the corridor of "logic" is not the path through which we are intended to arrive at what is "true"? Some people start from a paradigm that says, "Whatever is most logical is most likely to be true," and, for many, their end point is atheism or agnosticism. But what if, rather than logic being king, we were to allow beauty, or poetry, or love to be "king"? Would we find the story and the claims of Christ to be easier to accept? This is not to disregard logic as useless, but to see it merely as a mode of thinking which could potentially be pitted against beauty, or poetry, or love, etc. as a litmus test for what is "true".
So, is the Christian faith "true"? Yes, I believe so. And for me, it is true because it is the most beautiful concept I have ever encountered, Scripture is the most poetic account I have ever read, and Christ displays the highest level of love that I can imagine. I am compelled to embrace Jesus not because I have been argued to Him logically, but because I am drawn to Him as one is drawn to a sunset or to a beautiful song or an act of compassion. Logic has a place in my faith, but it is secondary to beauty, and poetry, and love.
This is where I stand right now. Tomorrow, I may have to re-evaluate my position. But I value your input and your critiques.
TL:DR - For me, beauty, poetry, and love trump logic. This is what draws me to Jesus.
ApologeticKid, reddit.com 99 Comments
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