I’ve been thinking a little about the televised debate I saw the other day, between a prominent academic atheist and a prominent academic Christian. It had a fairly predictable interchange on the topic of faith:
Atheist: Faith means blindly accepting that for which there is no evidence!
Christian: No! Genuine faith is evidence-based!
But as I’ve thought about it, neither of these really hits the mark: Christians hold neither to blind faith, nor to evidence-based faith, but to testimony-based faith. That’s why John calls the Christian message “the testimony,” and Paul calls it “the proclamation,” and James calls it “the word.” Our faith is not based on sheer imagination, but neither is it based on reasonable acceptance of demonstrable propositions. It’s based on the apostolic testimony that God raised Jesus from the dead.