Yesterday Dave Bish linked to my post called "We all have our creation stories." It's about reversing a common misconception. We think of scientists as dealing in the realm of observable, testable fact but theologians deal only in the realm of unsubstantiated stories. In fact, all cosmology/physics/astronomy/biology tells stories. And theology is truly science. Indeed Queen of the sciences.
Anyway it led to a very small conversation about 'facts' and 'faith'. Here's what I reckon: there's no such thing as brute facts. There are no such people as unbiased observers. There are no such perspectives as neutral perspectives. There are no such tools of enquiry as impartial methodologies. Facts and faith go together. Observations require interpretation. It all depends on the story you are inhabiting.
Which means that as we engage non-Christians with the facts of revelation (e.g. Jesus is risen) we tell it the way the bible tells it - i.e. "according to the Scriptures." From within our gospel story, from within the world of the bible, this fact makes sense. From within a rationalist world-view the fact doesn't fit anyway. But the good news is we're inviting people into a realm, a kingdom, a Person even. Irreducibly we're asking them to switch allegiances. It would be good to make that clear from the outset.
Anyway, here's an interesting clip where Tom Wright speaks of engaging an atheist with the facts of the resurrection:
Source: Mark Meynell