What is faith?
Faith is . . .
Faith is . . . belief without sufficient evidence and reason.
If a belief is based on insufficient evidence and reason, then any further conclusions drawn from the belief will at best be of questionable value. Believing on the basis of insufficient evidence and reason cannot point one toward the truth. How can you have sufficient evidence and reason for your supernatural deity?____________________________________________________________________
Faith is . . . believing something anyway.
Faith is . . . an irrational leap over probabilities.
Faith is . . . a knowledge claim.
Conclusions one comes to as the result of an epistemological process are knowledge claims.
Faith is . . . a failed epistemology. It is an unreliable method to come to true knowledge.
Faith is . . . not hope. Faith is a false knowledge claim.
When the faithful say, “Jesus walked on water,” they are not saying they hope Jesus walked on water, but rather are claiming Jesus did walk on water.
Faith is . . . an extraordinary claim. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
Assume an historical Jesus existed and was crucified, and that his corpse was placed in a tomb. Assume also that eyewitness accounts were accurate, and days later, the tomb was empty.
One can believe the body arose from the dead and ascended to heaven, one can believe aliens brought aliens brought the body back to life, or one can believe an spirit trapped in the tomb merged with the corpse and animated it.
All of these are extraordinary claims. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Belief in any of the claims would require faith because there’s insufficient evidence to justify any one of these particular options. Belief in any of these claims would also disregard other, far more likely possibilities – for example, that the corpse was stolen, hidden, or moved.
If one claims knowledge either in the absence of evidence, or when a claim is contradicted by evidence, then the word “faith” is used. “Believing something anyway” is an accurate definition of the term “faith”.
Dig Deeper: Bart Ehrman, “How Jesus Became God”.
Faith is . . . pretending to know things that you do not know.
Is pretending to know things that you don’t know beneficial for you?_____________________________
Is it good to pretend to know things that you don’t know about your deity?_________________________
Will your life have any meanings if you stop pretending to know things that you do not know?__________
Is pretending to know things that you do not know true for you?_________________________________
Why should people stop pretending to know things they don’t know if it helps them get through the day?
Should we teach children to pretend to know things that they don’t know?_________________________
Should you have the freedom to pretend to know things that you don’t know?______________________
Would society devolve morally if everybody stopped pretending to know things that they don’t know?___
Is your faith (belief without evidence) beneficial for you?______________________________________
If so, then how?______________________________________________________________________
Do you have faith (belief without evidence) in your deity?______________________________________
Is it good to have faith (belief without evidence) in your deity?___________________________________
Would your life have meaning without faith (belief without evidence)?_____________________________ If everyone abandoned their faith (belief without evidence), would society devolve morally?___________
Why should people stop having faith (belief without evidence) if it helps them get through the day?_____
Faith is . . . pretending to know things that one don’t know.
The “pretending to know things that one don’t know” pandemic hurts us all. Believing things on the basis of something other than evidence and reason causes people to misconstrue what’s good for them and what’s good for their communities. Those who believe on the basis of insufficient evidence create external conditions based upon what thy think is in their best interest, but this is actually counterproductive.
The less one relies on reason and evidence to form conclusions, the more arbitrary the conclusion. In aggregate, conclusions that result from a lack of evidence can have incredibly dangerous consequences.
Faith is . . . an unreliable and a failed method to come to knowledge and truth.
Faith . . . cannot adjudicate between competing claims.
Faith . . . does not have a built in corrective mechanism.
That is, faith claims have no way to be corrected, altered, revised or modified.
Faith. . . cannot steer one away from falsehood and toward truth.
The only way to figure out which claims about the world are likely true, and which are likely false, is through reason and evidence, not by faith. There is no other way.
Faith . . . cannot pass the “Outsider Test”.
“Faith causes us to distort or even ignore objective data as such we often ignore all evidence that contradicts what we want to believe” – John W. Loftus, The Outsiders Test for Faith (2013)
When people are presented with evidence that contradicts their faith, or are shown that they don’t have sufficient evidence and reason to warrant their faith or learn that the Bible is not worth crap or learn that there’s a contradiction in there faith (the trees could not come before Adam, Genesis 1:11-12 and 1:26- 27, and after Adam, Genesis 2:4-9) or come to understand that their reasoning is in error, they seem to cling to their faith (non-sense) more tenaciously. That is just plain crazy and stupid.
Are you ready to become self-aware of your ignorance?_______________________________________
Are you ready to start thinking like a scientist?_______________________________________________
Are you ready to learn the truth, the real truth? ______________________________________________
Can your faith pass the “Outsider Test”? ___________________________________________________
Faith . . . is slowly falling into disrepute.
The forces of unreason are diminishing in number.
Faith . . . taints or at worst removes our curiosity about the world, what we should value, and what type of life we should lead.
Faith. . . is the denial of observation so that belief can be preserved.
Science. . . adjusts it’s views (belief) based on what’s observed.
Faith . . . replaces wonder with epistemological arrogance disguised as false humility.
Faith . . . immutably alters the starting conditions for inquiry by uprooting a hunger to know and sowing a warrantless confidence.
“All men by nature desire to know” Aristotle (Book 1 of Metaphysics)
Faith . . . is by definition the belief in something regardless or even in spite of evidence.
"A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence" David Hume
Faith. . . has evolved mechanisms to shield it from analysis.
Faith. . . is not a virtue.
Faith . . . fly’s you into buildings.
Science fly’s you to the moon.
Faith . . . may not move mountains, but you should see what it does to buildings.
Faith . . . that is asserted without proof can be demised without proof.
Faith . . . Having faith in something just because you fear the consequences of not having faith in it is no reason to have faith in it.
Faith . . . is a delusion. When one person is deluded, it is called insanity, when many people are deluded, it is called religion.
Faith . . . means not wanting to know what is true.
Faith . . . is nothing more than the license religious people give one another to keep believing when reasons fail.
Faith . . . means making a virtue out of not thinking. It’s nothing to brag about. And those who preach faith and enable and elevate it are our intellectual slaveholders, keeping mankind in a bondage to fantasy and nonsense that has spawned and justified so much lunacy and destruction. Religion is dangerous because it allows human beings who don’t have all the answers to think that they do.
Faith . . . When there is evidence, no one speaks of faith. We do not speak of faith that two and two are four or that the earth is round. We only speak of faith when we wish to substitute emotion for evidence.
Faith . . . is a device of self-delusion, a sleight of hand done with words and emotions founded on any irrational notion that can be dreamed up.
Faith . . . is the attempt to coerce truth to surrender to whim. In simple terms, it is trying to breathe life into a lie by trying to outshine reality with the beauty of wishes.
Faith . . . is the refuge of fools, the ignorant and the deluded, not of thinking, rational men.
Faith . . . is nonsense.
Sam Harris, The End of Faith (Harris,2004)
John W. Loftus, The Outsider Test For Faith (Loftus, 2013)
Michael Shermer, The Believing Brain (Shermer, 2011)
[color=#0000FF" size="4" face="times]What a collection [somewhat unorganized] of definitions of "faith"!!! Who is the source or sources of these definitions? Is the initial post a narrative or a questionnaire or both? What is the premise of the narrative?
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