I titled my blog “If We Will Live” because I will talk about important matters—life, reason, and faith.

Not all people chose to fully live. Even for those who intend to live, not all paths lead to life. What is the way of life? That is my question. I answer that the way of life must be discovered. I give three foundational principles:

1. If a man will live fully, he must choose to value his own life. He must be committed fully to his own well-being. The choice to live precedes all other values. It is the first value.

2. If a man will live fully, he must choose to value reason—he must treat reason as an absolute. Reason is man’s main tool for attaining life. It is the first virtue.

3. If a man will live fully, he must choose to value faith. Faith in the God of Scripture is reasonable. God’s way is the way to life.

Therefore, if we will live, we must chose life, reason, and faith. The logical order matters. In all future posts I will work within the context of this claim, seeking to demonstrate it and elaborate upon it.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Here faith means trusting God. It means believing that God has spoken, and believing God’s promises. Faith comes at the conclusion of a reasoning process–not as the presupposition to it.

  2. Cody, you say: “Faith comes at the conclusion of a reasoning process–not as the presupposition to it.”

    From this statement, may I correctly infer that you reject the principle of fides quaerens intellectum (faith seeking understanding) that was promoted by Augustine, developed by Anselm, and popularized by Barth? And do you also reject the presuppositionalism of Reformed epistemology?

    If you do reject these principles, then I would love to read a future post from you which explains your alternative understanding of the chronological correlation between faith and understanding.

    Thanks for your blog. I look forward to reading more of your thoughts!

  3. If faith, in this context, refers to something that is a conclusion, is it really appropriate to characterize it as a “foundational principle”? Or do you mean foundational in some other sense?

  4. Hey John, thanks for the question. Here I mean “If a man will live fully, he must choose to value faith.” That is an broad idea, or a principle, and it will underlie other points I want to make later.

  5. Hey Timothy, I wrote some of my answer in today’s blog, and I’ll write more tomorrow. Thanks for engaging!

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