(1) Make an argument: What is more important for discerning religious truth–reason or faith?
Faith here is defined as an internal subjective sense that there is a system of cause and effect in the world that is guided by a supra-human consciousness (God, ‘The Universe’, Spirits/Souls, Ancestors, etc.) even if there is no empirical evidence that such a being or consciousness exists. Religious reason is defined by its desire to objectively prove–using logic or science or evidence– that there is a supra-human consciousness that guides cause and effect.
Make sure you come up with premises that lead to a conclusion. However, your premises and conclusion must be in a mini-essay form. A statement of your opinion or paragraphs comprised of disconnected sets of ideas don’t count. Make sure your sentences connect to form a meaningful argument.
(2) Which religious philosopher (pick from Plotinus, St. Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Philo) comes closest to your answer in the faith -vs- reason argument? Compare this religious philosopher’s arguments to your own.
Note: You must answer both questions.
Also Note: The above mini-essay can be written in two paragraphs, with paragraph one answering question one and paragraph two answering question two; or, you can write two numbered responses to the respective questions.