Faith should not be basis on reason alone. Assess this view.

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Faith should not be based on reason alone. Assess this view

Faith can be described as a strong belief in something and is often associated with spiritual conviction not necessarily requiring strong evidence or proof. Because of this, not only would some scholars argue against the idea that faith should be based on reason alone but even go as far as to suggest that faith is fundamentally at odds with reason.

Kierkegaard argued that reason only provides a probability that faith is justified and is prone to frequent revisions undermining the idea of the ‘passional commitment’ that faith requires. Furthermore, given that the passion argument attributes a greater reward to higher levels of risk then the increased probability provided by reason would actually diminish the value of faith. However, it could be argued that devoid of logical reasoning faith is reliant on a believer’s own strength to maintain it rather than reason would should hold true in spite of this. This would suggest that a faith based on reason would be less subject to factors such as emotions.

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That said, this idea would likely be challenged by Barth who argued that revelation alone should be the basis of a faith position echoing Kierkegaard’s sentiments with regard to the adverse effect of reason on faith. Barth’s propositional approach to revelation advocates against reason supporting faith due to his belief that human reason was corrupted by the fall, whereas revelation is the direct words of God. This undermines the suggestion that faith should be based on reason alone if the reason it is based on is corrupted. Nevertheless, Aquinas outlined the value of reason in faith appearing to challenge Barth’s ...

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