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Reason is relevant to Christian belief because any system of beliefs must be internally consistent to be true.
- In evaluating the self-consistency of Christianity, it is necessary to note that Christianity is not necessarily a monolithic system. Christianity as a whole is not simply "true or false". Some of its statements may be true while others may be false.
- While we leave the analysis of the statements of Christianity until later, we note that an option open to us (if necessary) is to attempt a reduction of Christianity until we arrive at an internally consistent kernel that accurately mirrors the world. However, we must pause in this exercise if the residue of Christianity so reduced is less than the minimalist subset suggested in the previous section. To reduce Christianity to less than this subset is fundamentally to change the subject.
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