[quote author=“camanintx”][quote author=“burt”]Yes, a nice quote. The only thing I would change is the word faith to belief. In my view, there is a major difference between faith and belief—a person with faith doesn’t need to defend it, a person who only has a belief will, as pointed out, take any questioning of the belief as a personal attack.
I would have to disagree with you on this one Burt. I think Joad got it right the first time. I’ve always made the following differentiation between faith and belief.
Belief is knowledge based on reason. I don’t know that the sun will rise tomorrow but I believe it will because it has for the last 15 million years.
Faith is knowledge that defies reason. Though the NHL Ducks have had several bad seasons, I have faith that this season will be their year.
Beliefs are easier to give up when faced with conflicting evidence while faith resists all change.
We have differing views. As I see it, beliefs can be based on reason (the sun rising), but I differentiate that from belief that is not based on reason, but uses reason (or abuse of reason) to support itself. Faith I don’t consider as knowledge, but an internal state that is non-conceptual. I would use the word certainty, but that has unfortunate connotations of fanaticism.