61: Faith

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How do we marry faith and reason? How should we pursue meaning, and can we fully know the Truth? How can we live in light of death?

In this solo episode, Adam delves into the tension that lies between faith and reason, and shows us how we can live a life of faith, (especially) without knowing all the answers.

Quotes

“Trying to snuggle with this tension between faith and reason.”  - Adam Setser

“I know that my natural tendency when I encounter things that I don’t understand is to try and come over top of them, understand them, conquer them, judge God, judge the event, and tell the truth as I see it. There is no greater antithesis to the life of faith.”  - Adam Setser

“The thing that matters to me most are answers to life’s biggest questions. Meaning is what is important to me, and meaning can’t be found without questioning.”  - Adam Setser

“We are absolutely seeking addictions to rescue us from the mundanity of our lives, from work, from our void of meaning.”  - Adam Setser

“Without meaning there is no fire, no courage, and without that there is no pursuit.”  - Adam Setser

“True meaning comes from God, communicated to us through His word, enfleshed by His world, and spoken to us in His Spirit.”  - Adam Setser

“We want answers and meaning, but there are paradoxes without answers and these are the ones that teach us how meaning is come to. They require the most faith.”  - Adam Setser

“Faith is not unguarded reason.”  - Adam Setser

“Turning to ourselves to legitimize faith ruins it.”  - Adam Setser

“The fact is we can’t know all the answers. It’s faith that allows us to be okay with that.”  - Adam Setser

“Only when our actions align with divine purpose do our actions become meaningful.”  - Adam Setser

“Death only begins to make sense when we think like God thinks, and see the world as He sees it - through the eyes of faith.”  - Adam Setser

“Faith is the evidence you have that something exists when you have zero proof.”  - Adam Setser

“Faith is the art of holding onto things in spite of your changing moods and circumstances.”  - C.S. Lewis

“When belief in God becomes difficult the tendency is to turn away from Him, but in heaven’s name - to what?”  - G.K. Chesterton

Show Notes

The Princess and the Goblin - George MacDonald

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Time-Markers

1:00 - Inspiration for Episode
2:30 - Faith
5:00 - Meaning
7:00 - Faith-Factor Scale
9:00 - We Aren’t in Charge