11:1--Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
11:2-- This is what the ancients were commended for.
11:3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
11:6--And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Perhaps the greatest of the early church Fathers, Augustine of Hippo (354-430 CE), preached (Sermon 43.7,9): Believe in order that you may understand (Latin--Crede, ut intelligas ). Following his lead, Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109 CE)wrote: I believe in order that I might understand.
So, according to these Christian theologians, man is supposed to believe (have faith) in God first and then try to understand. If there is a conflict between faith and reason, then faith prevails. In other words, one must subordinate his reason to his faith. The Bible college where I used to teach had the motto--Revelation over Reason.
As pointed out in a previous post, this is precisely what William Craig does when he says that he believes because of the witness of the Spirit and no evidence can defeat his faith (see Luke Muehlhauser's excellent discussion of this point). Presuppositional apologetes, such as Greg Bahnsen and John Frame, essentially say the same thing. They maintain that one must first presuppose the truth of Christianity and then it makes sense. Alvin Plantinga is not much different when he says that belief in God is properly basic and is justified even without arguments or evidence. All of this seems to boil down to: God said it; I believe it; that settles it.
I find this to be intellectual suicide. If the Christian God is real, then he created us in his image with the largest brain of any other creature. It would seem that he expects us to use our brain not "check it at the door." I found when using my reason that the Bible cannot be a divine revelation and that evangelical Christian theology is not only non-sensical to the human mind but its internally inconsistent itself. Therefore, I left evangelical Christianity for a more reasonable position.