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God is the Teacher in Both Faith and Reason (Part 3) (TRtB #35)

Released: May 29, 2014 By: Daniel Whyte III

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture passage for today is 1 Thessalonians 5:20-22. It reads, "Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil."

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from C. S. Lewis. He said, "If Christianity was something we were making up, of course we could make it easier. But it is not. We cannot compete, in simplicity, with people who are inventing religions. How could we? We are dealing with Fact. Of course anyone can be simple if he has no facts to bother about."

Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled "God Is the Teacher in Both Faith and Reason" (Part 3) from "The Handbook of Christian Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli:

Aquinas's confidence is confirmed by experience and history. For nearly two millennia, orthodox Christians have found it true. Today thousands of thoughtful converts repeat the same threefold process of discovery that Justin Martyr wrote of in the second Century in his autobiographical "First Apology":

1. A man seeks the truth by the unaided effort of reason, and is disappointed.

2. It is offered him by faith, and he accepts.

3. And, having accepted, he finds that it satisfies his reason.

There is an even earlier testimony to this pattern. The first Christian apologist, Paul, expresses it in 1 Corinthians 1:20-25:

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