yeah--i think being a christian requires a few different "leaps" of faith. one: god exists. two: god is good or has your best interests at heart. three: god has communicated with man in an intelligible way.the problem is that if god can/has talked to people, the first article of faith is pretty much a non-issue. that would make god's presence/existence a matter subject to empirical verification, not a matter of faith. at that point, it's just a matter of what evidence and standards of knowledge we're using. it can be called a matter of faith insofar as the evidence is lacking and you're forced to make what would otherwise be a "bad" epistemological decision, but at the end of the day it's still a judgment call relating to a matter of fact.