Does Apologetics Put Reason Above the Bible?

by Daniel Carrington

Apologists, particularly those who would be considered “evidentialists,” are often faced with a question from much of the Church. This question comes in various forms though the common thread among the questions is “Aren’t you putting reason and evidence above God’s Word?”

While it is certainly a fair question and probably comes from good intentions, I think it is usually asked due to a misunderstanding of the evidentialist position. That is, with respect to the “position” of evidence and reason, it is being assumed that the apologist is setting reason above God’s word, claiming that they will use reason to determine if the Bible is true.

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If that were an accurate characterization, I would wholeheartedly agree with such criticism. However, I think a distinction should be made between the idea that we use reason to determine whether or not the Bible is true versus the idea that we use reason to help us determine the extent to which we are willing to believe that the Bible is true…

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