The Concept of Fideism as a Solution to the problem of Faith/Reason - Question/Answer Format

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*The concept of fideism and its solution of the problem of faith and reason.

The concept of fideism in opposition to rationalism provides a very peculiar solution to the problem of faith and reason, basically answering it in a way that reason cannot guide one to God. No human could reach the level of the omnipotent and omniscient God through a limited framework of reason that we can possess. Furthermore trying to reach God through reason could lead to dreadful results, as it would be in direct disobedience with his teachings. Considering the interpretation of 1 Corinthians where Paul says, "For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe . . . For the foolishness of God is wiser than (the wisdom of) men" (1 Cor. 1:21, 25).

Therefore in order to act in a right way as proposed by fideism is to have faith in God without trying to reason it, as it would mean questioning his authority.

*Does fideism deal honestly with the natural desire to understand the ideas that are accepted by faith?

In my opinion the concept of fideism is utterly wrong as it tries to deny the very self of human nature - the ability to reason and question. The contradiction of this theory steps in if one would try to comprehend the reason behind God's gift to humanity in a form of freedom of choice and reason. Why would he create us in a way so that the denial of his authority would be an unlienable quality of any concious human being. Fideism does not honestly represent the "thinking" ability and the process of reasoning, it states that one has to have...