In a lecture on the “Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul,” Christian philosopher J.P. Moreland recounted a lecture he had in a Christian gymnasium. In the lecture he presented a couple of arguments for the existence of God. After the lecture, he had a Q&A section, and a woman (a believer) said, “Dr. Moreland, your talk has troubled me this evening.” And Moreland said, “Well, I’m sorry, mam, what’s the problem?” Then she said, “The more you prove God exists, the less room you leave for faith.” This is a very weird definition of faith, one that completely misses the point about faith.

The lady mentioned by Moreland believes, in Moreland’s words, that “as Reason increases, Faith decreases, because Faith is believing something in the absence of Reason.” Moreland, on the other hand, said that Faith “is trusting what we have reason to believe is true.” And this is very interesting. Faith is not something one arbitrarily chooses without evidence.

The Hebrew word for truth, emeth, in fact means something firm, something we can trust. This does not mean that faith decreases by reason, but that it increases.