?? Does faith meet a psychological need?
?? Do you consider faith to be a way of knowing ? Would it be more accurate to call it a way of 'believing'?
?? What is the relation between knowledge and belief?
?? What is the relationship between faith and other ways of knowing? Is a subjective commitment of belief primarily emotional?
?? What is the role of sacred text in informing or directing religious faith?
?? What is the role of doubt as a counter to faith - or even as an integral part of faith?
Key concepts - Trust, promise, pledging, honour and honesty, assumptions or appearances, beliefs, religious
The meaning of "faith" remains ambiguous and its role in people's lives varies significantly between individuals and communities.
Four slightly different concepts of faith :
1. Faith can be associated with trust
2. Faith is associated with keeping promises, pledging one's word, "keeping the faith", and loyalty.
3. "Taking things on faith" is on the lines of accepting assumptions or appearances without further questioning for the moment.
4. Faith is either belief that rejects the need for justification that could convince people who doubt, or a justification that is based on other justification.
Faith and culture - Faith can be seen as both personal knowledge and shared knowledge, shared knowledge. Religious beliefs, accepted on the basis of faith, are generally woven into the whole of a believer's perspective on life
Faith and subjectivity - Many believe that faith leads to belief that is subjective. Faith as a justification for subjective conclusions is not demonstrable in the way that evidence, testing, or reasoning
Faith and certainty - Faith attracts critical attention when it is held with total psychological conviction. Faith can bypass further justification and go straight to belief
Faith and doubt - Faith can be mild as well as fierce - and it can be moderated or even replaced by doubt. In some religious traditions, faith is sometimes described as an active struggle with doubt - a will to believe despite lack of objective evidence, and despite some much-debated problems such as the existence of evil.
My faith helps me overcome such negative emotions and find my equilibrium.
Faith is what someone knows to be true, whether they believe it or not.
To follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.
To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
Without risk there is no faith. Faith is precisely the contradiction between infinite passion of inwardness and objective uncertainty Soren Kierkegaard