Do you believe in Faith?
That depends on what you mean.
Do I believe that faith exists? Sure. I mean, people ‘believing anyway' when reasons fail could hardly not exist, given the nature of human capabilities, but do I believe that faith is a virtue worth pursuing?
Not a chance.
Evidence is the only viable indicator about what's actually true about the world.
By definition, someone who's faithful and someone who's gullible are truly indistinguishable.
One would actually have to have ‘faith' in faith, itself, to think otherwise, and that's circular reasoning so narrow, it forms the smallest circle possible in such a realm.
If I'm wrong or confused on any topic, I don't want to be wrong any longer than I have to be, and you don't get guided there by ‘believing anyway.' You get there by studying and testing reality and evidence while simultaneously striving to be as acutely aware of, and struggling mightily against, the mind's ability to deceive or misdiagnose even its own concepts.
If any belief demands faith, it should immediately be distrusted. Why else would it demand ‘believing anyway' if there were actually good reasons to believe in the first place?
Of course this depends on one's definition of faith itself.
Faith is simply the courage to act in the face of the unknown. It is not something that is blindly accepted, believed, or acted upon as most people commonly think of when they hear the word. However, faith must have a basis of some sort. A foundation or reference point.
It is precisely because of our impartial, incomplete knowledge of the world and the universe that faith is always required, to some degree, no matter what it is that we are setting out to do.
We are always acting towards the unknown, and in order to do this faith must be required. If we had a complete, exact description for the whole of reality than faith would not be required, but of course no such description is possible.
Therefore, the scientist has faith that an answer can be found, that there IS something new to be discovered. The teacher has faith that her students can learn something new. The therapist has faith his client can solve his problems and heal.
A complete absence or lack or faith results in a complete paralysis, akin to the catatonic schizophrenic who has absolutely no faith in any action that he can take and so remains paralyzed.
Yes. I drive a car that I don't understand or know what makes it go. I drive on the right side of the road and have faith that almost everyone else will. I drink the water that comes out of the tap, I eat the food that I buy from the grocery store and at the restaurants that I frequent. These are all acts of faith. I don't know, for a fact that it's safe to do these things but I have done them for a long time and my experience, reason, and the opinions of people I trust tell me that it's safe so I do them.
Religious faith is much the same. It has a little to do with belief but it has more to do with action and behavior . I can believe that you can push me in a wheelbarrow on a tightrope over Niagara Falls and the belief requires nothing of me except intellectual assent. Faith requires that I get in the wheelbarrow.
I believe religious faith might be the worst possible way for human beings to understand the truth of our reality. As Mark Twain once said, "Faith is believing what you know ain't so." Mark Twain quotations - Faith
QUESTION: Do you believe in Faith?
ANSWER: Sure I do. At least some of the religious people I encounter must actually believe the stuff that they say they believe. I've known many who are, what I call, "Club Religionists", meaning that they don't really believe the mumbo-jumbo, but they go along with it for social reasons, for political and career advancement, etc.
Many of them eventually slip so far that they appear at church only for weddings and funerals. But surely, all ostensible believers aren't in it just for the connections and conviviality, are they? There must be SOME people who actually believe the holy stuff, right? If so, then faith is real.
Of course, that says nothing about whether the OBJECT of the faith is real. There's no evidence of that, of course.
Foremost I believe in probabilities, based on experimental data.
These probabilities often make me feel very strongly about certain theories and interpretations.
The best feeling you can reach in physics, is to come to the realization that you were wrong on certain strong ideas, often caused by hidden assumptions you never yet thought out rigorously, because you were still deep inside that learning curve.
It's the hardest thing to remain truly unbiased in physics, but of course it's nowhere near as biased as any religion, which is more about blind faith and not about substantiated believe.