Last Wednesday, I and other folks from our church were out evangelizing near Berkeley, California, and my group had left a door, and a middle aged man in the street on roller blades informed us that the family there wasn't home. I said to him concerning his roller blading, "That looks like good exercise." He asked, "What are you guys doing?" I said, "We're from Bethel Baptist Church and we're out preaching the gospel, telling people about our church and what we believe." He answered, "A long time ago, I stopped believing anything, because believing results in not thinking." I told him that wasn't true, that it was a wrong understanding of belief.
The man's idea was that faith really did preclude evidence, that it was completely separated from evidence. If you want to know something, you get that by thinking, which is contradictory to faith. I told him that we don't get to define faith however we want, because the very concept of faith comes from the Bible. If we want to know what it means, we look at the Bible to find out what it means. I said that Hebrews 11:1 defined faith or belief and it says that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Faith is based on evidence.
What the man argued is seen all over the United States today, recently revealed in a decision finally to allow a young earth creationist to take rock samples from the Grand Canyon. He's a creationist, not a scientist, because creation is based upon belief, which is detached from thinking. This is not true. There is one truth. The two opposing viewpoints cannot both be true. Neither are neutral either. Both start with presuppositions, one based on the Bible and the other based upon speculation.
The Bible itself is evidence, and the creation scientist wants to go to the Grand Canyon to corroborate, but that is an unacceptable point of view to even be given the opportunity, so, as you can read in the above linked article, he went to court to sue for his right to be allowed by the National Park Service to take samples he'd like to study. He wants to look at the evidence to see what it shows, whether it backs up a Genesis account of origins.
Faith is not bereft of evidence. Those who receive the Bible believe that it is true, so it presents the only true account of the story of mankind. They also think, that's right, think, that the evidence corresponds to and corroborates the biblical account. They believe the Bible because God wrote it, but they also think what it says to be true.