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In much of the western world, however, faith is not at all tied to the truthfulness or reliability of its object. Faith is little more than personal, subjective religious preference. Many people think that faith is utterly nonfalsifiable, and therefore competing faiths cannot usefully or realistically be discussed … But the point to observe is that in the Bible it is right to trust this God with the future, not because of what we do not see or know, but because of what we have come to know of this God – including such truth as the fact that God raised his own dear Son from the dead for our justification. Faith enables us to have confidence in God where we do not see, because it is grounded in the immutable character of God that we have come by grace to perceive as utterly reliable … Augustine’s “I believe, therefore I understand,” is therefore a world away from Derrida’s “I don’t know; I must believe.”

D. A. Carson, Christ and Culture Revisited, p. 110-11