Faith vs Reason, or Faith vs Works?

I have spent many posts discussing the ethical conclusions that Objectivists and Christians have in common. But the means of knowledge are sometimes opposed at their foundation. Both the Objectivist and the Christian embrace reason as a means of knowledge, but the Objectivist makes no room for faith.

Objectivism explicitly rejects anything that entails “blind acceptance of a certain ideational content.” The term used to describe this action is “faith.” – Leonard Piekoff.

Understood properly, biblical faith isn’t juxtaposed against reason, but against “works.” At this very point of contrast, the Old and New Testaments contrast religion and Gospel Christianity. No human being can please God by self-improvement, and yet that is the default-mode of the human heart. We want immediately set up a tit for tat relationship with God in our mind. “If I live up to a particular standard—say, the Ten Commandments—then God will bless me.” The secular version goes like this: “If I do certain things in life that are under my control, I will achieve happiness.” The Gospel, however, says that we were created to be in deep, satisfying relationship with our Creator, but we’re separated from him here and now, By trusting in Jesus—his performance and resume, not our own—we may be set right before God by faith, not by trying to be good. The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Galatian church in the first century, talks about his faith experience this way:

What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man: so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living in not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.
…If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily. – Galatians 2:19-21