Originally posted by dj2becker
I see so many guys out here are infatuated with human reason. You guys seem to worship human reason. I am refering to 'reason' as the capacity for logical, rational, and analytic thought; intelligence.
Have you guys ever thought of the possibility that human reason might not be able to explain everything? In fact have any of you guys ever thought a ...[text shortened]... of human reason?
PS: If your reason evolved from a chemical soup then how can you trust it?
My view is the capacity for logical thought (abstract reasoning) is what it means when the Bible says we a made in the image of God. I think that is what differentiates us from animals - God gave man the ability to reason. So I don't disparage "human reason" because it is often used as a reason for accepting irrational beliefs. I do not think any true Christian beliefs are irrational (the Christian world view does not contain contradictory beliefs) and is completely logic.
That being said, man in general is flawed, he makes mistakes in reasoning. This is called the noetic effect of sin. Further, man is limited in his capacity for knowing things. Where God knows all true propositions, man's mind is finite. Although man can know some of God's thoughts, he can not know them all.
The thoughts of God that man can know are logical and non-contradictory. If one holds to any contradictory beliefs, one can be sure that at least one is not of God and is false. Thus the benefit of logic is it can be used as a tool to better understanding of spiritual truths.
Logic itself can not answer any questions - but in so much as man can reason correctly, he is thinking like God. And if one starts with the correct premises (those from God), then one can understand God better using logic.