God exists. Is this reasonable? Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens would have you believe that faith and reason are on opposite side. I have been meditating on the rise of militant atheism. Many of their arguments rest on weakness of words. God as all powerful is shown to have internal contradictions, which then they claim prooves God could not possibly exist. While it is easy to bring out a Wittenstein and show that most of those arguments simply violate the use of langauge... ie if the concept all powerful pushed to its literaral end always invokes a contradiction, then the problem is with the concept of all powerful and not with God's existence. Logicians have long known these problems with language. "A white horse in not a horse," Barber paradox and a host of others point to what can called the limits of language. The facts that the above writers use such arguments and that they found such a large audience makes wonder why has theism been laid so low. I will be writing these thoughts in the next few days. For now let us look at what is reason.
Many simply go along with them in thinking that reason in and by itself is opposed with faith, shows a misuderstanding of what reason is and how it functions. I can a reasonable Christian as they can be a reasonable Atheists. While this seems to be a contradiction, it is not. If I believe in the Gospel of Jesus, I organize my live accordingly. If I assume Jesus is God, and God wants his followers to pray, then I pray to Jesus. If I don't believe that Jesus is god, then I should not pray to God. Both stances are reasonable, as reason is an operation done after premises are made. As for the premises, they are made outside of reason. Most attempts to found knowledge on reason have been unsuccessful.
The most famous case has to be Logical Positivism's attempt to base knowledge on science with Verification prinicple: "Only propositions that are verified are valid." Verification prinicple seem to be simple and straight forward, except that it cannot be verified and by its own rules void. The answer that was given then is that is the starting point, because you have to start somewhere. Agian, everyone has to start with a premise. I say God exist, and I can be reasonable human being.