Reasoning must flow from faith to be of any eternal useHe that assents to this truth, that there is a God, merely upon grounds of reason and not of faith, and rests in that, does not quench the temptation [of unbelief]; for he is still an infidel and a Scripture atheist [who only assents that there is a God]. He does not believe [that] there is a God at the report of God's Word, but at the report of his reason; and so indeed he but believes himself and not God; and in that [way, he] makes himself a god, preferring the testimony of his own reason before the testimony of God's word. This is dangerous. Question. But, may some say, is there no use of reason in such principles as this which are within its sphere? May I not to make use of my reason to confirm me in this truth: that there is a God? Answer. It is beyond all doubt that there is [use of reason in confirming that there is a God]. Wherefore else did God set up such a light [as reason] if not to guide us? But it must keep its own place, and that is to follow faith, [and reason is] not to be the ground of it, or to give law and measure to it.
- Our faith must not depend on our reason, but our reason [must depend] on our faith.
- I am not to believe what the Word says merely because it jumps [accords] with my reason, but [I am to] believe my reason because it is suitable [i.e., agreeable] to the Word.
- The more perfect light is to rule the less. Now the light of the Word – which faith follows – is more clear and sure than reason is or can be; for therefore it [i.e., the Word] was written: because man's natural light was so defective.