I had a little realization while responding a comment to my previous post, a comment that shared a blog post that touches on the connection of faith and reason that I was exploring.
In response, I was going to go for a peanut butter and jam sandwich metaphor, but realized that may not be such a wide-reaching metaphor. Enter the Oreo cookie!
Oreo cookies are famous in many places around the world with their perfect combination of solid cookie outsides with a soft creamy inside. You could say reason is understanding based on more solid information which takes more effort to get through, while faith is more sweet, soft, and hopeful.
Now, Oreo cookies seem to strike the perfect balance of these elements to produce a fully enjoyable culinary experience. But how could an Oreo go wrong? Not enough creamy filling and the Oreo experience would be rather bland and unfulfilling. Too much creamy filling and you might rot your teeth, making it difficult to handle the crunchy outside in the future. Why not instead surround the crunchy with the creamy? Well, that could make things a little sticky.
What does the Oreo cookie teach us about faith and reason?
For the best possible experience, faith should probably exist within the confines of reason and at a lesser amount …
… but it doesn’t hurt to treat yourself to a few double stuff, double creamy filling Oreo cookies now and then!