I would like to provide a further example today that evangelical Christians subordinate reason to faith. Dan Miller, Th.M. (Central Seminary), D.Min. (cand., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), recently published a post entitled: Reasoning Outside the Box of Human Reason. He begins by saying,
Unless you reason outside the box of human reason, you can forget about understanding the Jesus of the Bible. Only those willing and able to break the constraints of common experience and human rationalism can hope to make any sense of Jesus’ life and ministry.
I applaud him for his honesty. He seems to be admitting that unless we sacrifice our intellect, we will never understand Jesus' life and ministry. He continues:
The birth narrative of Jesus demands that we think outside the box. We have no conceptual or experiential category for a woman conceiving a child without sperm from a man. But the biblical authors announce that Jesus was conceived in the womb of a virgin named Mary by a direct act of God.
Why should we believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, according to Miller? Because the Bible says so, period. Since Miller (and evangelicals in general) have already predetermined, by faith, that the Bible is divinely inspired and inerrant, then whatever it says has to be true. Faith trumps reason for evangelicals.
Miller goes on to say the death of Jesus for sinners makes no sense. He writes:
At the heart of the mind-blowing truths that God opens eyes to see, is the truth that Jesus died to save sinners from God’s wrath. It is mind-boggling to think that God does not accept good people but receives those who are His natural enemies—people who lie, cheat, lust, swear, hate others, love themselves and fail to love God with all their hearts (Rom. 4:4-5; 5:10). It defies human reason that the sinless Jesus would die to pay the penalty of sin, forgive sinners, and defeat death in their place. That may not seem to make sense, but deep down in your heart, you know this is exactly what you need.
So, why should anyone believe that the death of Jesus saves sinners, even though, it is patently absurd? Because according to Miller, deep down in your heart, you know this is exactly what you need. People ought to believe that Jesus died for them because of some subjective notion? Yep, thats what evangelicals believe.
It should be crystal clear that evangelical Christianity is based solely on faith and subjective notions. Those apologists who claim it is based on historical evidence and reason are being disingenuous.