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Is Christian Faith Blind Faith?


A common charge atheists level at Christians
is that their faith is blind—that’s to say, their belief is without evidence. For example, leading atheist Richard Dawkins
writes in the 1997 January-February edition of The Humanist, “Faith, being belief that
isn’t based on evidence, is the principal vice of any religion.” How is a Christian to respond? First, Christianity doesn’t demand that
someone believe without evidence. For example, John writes in John 20:31: “[T]hese
[Jesus’ signs] are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son
of God.” John sees his testimony of Jesus’ miracles
as sufficient evidence to merit rational belief by those who couldn’t see him perform the
signs. John makes it clear he doesn’t intend nonbelievers to become members of Christianity with blind faith. He is offering his testimony, along with the
testimony of the other apostles, as evidence that reason would demand for rational belief. To the nonbeliever who questions, “Why should
I believe?”, John is saying, “Because we saw him risen from the dead, we talked
to him, we touched him,” etc. This is a far cry from Christianity endorsing
blind faith. Now, if the objector dismisses testimony and
says that the only evidence worthy of belief is that which is personally verified, then
we would have to reject the whole scientific enterprise, since we can’t personally verify every scientific conclusion made prior to us. But that’s absurd. So, the charge that Christian faith is blind
faith is unfounded, and thus not a reason to reject Christianity. If you want to learn more about this topic
and others like it, visit our website at catholic.com. For Catholic Answers, I’m Karlo Broussard. Thanks for watching.

Jean Kelley

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Jacob Wilfojac Posted on January 10, 2018 at 6:01 am

    Why should I believe alien abductions occur? Cause of the people's personal testimony. Yep that stands up to scrutiny.

    Reply
  2. Azrael Sadow Posted on November 22, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Your faith IS blind.

    Reply
  3. Tom Rafferty Posted on August 17, 2019 at 2:41 am

    The Bible is NOT evidence for anything it says.

    Christian apologists use a different epistemology in arriving at Truth than I do. I use science-based thinking in evaluating ALL claims on our reality, whereas, in matters pertaining to religion, they use magical thinking or faith-based thinking.

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