“To give prudence to the naive, to the youth knowledge and discretion” (Proverbs 1:4).
For many, it is a shock to discover that faith and reason can be compatible. The naive (literally, “simple ones”) believe the life of faith is to be lived out in whimsical subjectivity. The revelation of Proverbs, and other Wisdom Literature, however, is God’s desire that we be a people of prudence and discretion; that we might display our ability to use reason, think, plan, and purpose our lives in constructive ways. A rigorous intellectual life is not an affront to God but is another means of faithfully honoring him with the brain he has entrusted to us.