I've done three articles now on the subject of the claim that faith is irrational.
I was particularly piqued by the suggestion that faith, any faith, my faith was dangerous and that there seemed to be a problem with faith in power. This seemed to suggest to me that believers should be in some sense controlled.
However leaving aside that emotive issue what I have tried to do is a three step argument.
I have questioned the existence of 'rationality' in an objective sense (pointing out the impossibility of standing sub specie æterni. I have also questioned whether rational is always good since rational thought is also something engaged in by unethical people with unethical rational outcomes.
I have argued that in Aquinas' third way there is a rational way to argue in the existence of God, and that in the absence of a complete refutation of that the decision to believe in God is rational. I could have gone further and pointed out that no less and philosophical authority than Richard Swinburn (Emeritus Professor at Oxford) has argued a rational case for major Christian doctrines and so has done more than just argue for theism. As long as a rational argument can be made it is perfectly rational to accept that argument no matter if others disagree with it.
I have finally argued that to use the language of irrationality is unhelpful in the current political landscape.
I have not tried to persuade anyone indeed I'm not sure given the intransigent nature of the opinions I have come up against that it would be possible to persuade anyone. I was simply trying to point out why I don't accept this 'dogma' of Dawkins. That's all I've done. Although given the nature of the intransigence I might reflect some more on how and if we change our opinions another entry.
I think the route I've taken has been original, whereas the line 'faith is irrational' is pure Dawkins.
I would say in closing that I am a reasonably educated person who usually thinks carefully, has spent something over 10 years considering these questions and examining them with people (some of whom had quite a few degrees) I do not recognise the irrational person they are looking for.
Anyway back to what I was saying before.