Over at Pyro, Dan Phillips weighs in with a provocative post about the rationality of Christianity. He distinguishes between rationalism and rationality, a helpful distinctive, for his case that, “If it isn’t rational, it isn’t Christianity.”
I deeply appreciate Pyro’s web ministry and apologetics, its attempt to reconnect intellect with faith and challenge us all to be biblically-grounded in our thinking. The one thing that I might add to his post is a simple caveat: If it is rational, it may not be Christianity. You see, we live in a world where spiritual powers and principalities govern world systems. Political, social, and cultural structures are inhabited and infested not only by folks like you and me – you know, the kind that tend to screw up everything we touch – but also by demonic beings who seek to twist, pervert, and destroy all that God intends for creation and people.
There are many rational things that are simply not Christian. What I mean is that if it makes sense, it doesn’t always mean that it’s of God. Rather, sometimes our common sense is the enemy of our faith walk. It didn’t make much sense for Abraham to lift the knife over Isaac, but he did- in faith.
Paul asked for prayer so “that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.” (Ephesians 6.19) Elsewhere, in Colossians 1.27, the mystery is described as “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” I’m not disputing Dan’s post, but I siimply prefer not to have a God that I can completely explain. I’m the creature, after all. Does God make sense? Yes. But there are still things about God that I will never know.
That’s all I’m saying.
BTW, Pyro has got to have the most cohesive and seamless graphic mix that I’ve seen on a blog. If you’ve never stopped by, you ought to do so just for the eye candy.