I am reposting this article (which I first published a year ago today, originally under a different title) because it covers concepts central to my thinking about atheism, knowledge, and disbelief in God. Some atheists who are excessively afraid of being like religious people are afraid of saying they believe there are no gods because that’s what religious [Read More…]
I think that people of faith are often very slippery about what they mean by the word faith. In this post I argue for why this definition I have worked out (or something very similar) should be seen as standard:
Faith is willfully committing (whether explicitly or implicitly) to a relationship (or relationships) of trust, loyalty, hope, and/or belief (a) beyond perceived rational warrant, (b) against perceived predominance of counter evidence of untrustworthiness, and/or (c) against all possible future counter-evidence that may undermine currently perceived evidence of trustworthiness.
Click the headline of this post to read my case. [Read more…]
Disambiguating Faith: Blind Faith: How Faith Traditions Turn Trust Without Warrant Into A Test Of Loyalty
Tuesday, I began my series of posts attempting first to disambiguate the various senses of the word faith, to explore how the various practices referred to under this one word’s umbrella all relate to each other and how they can be ethically and epistemologically assessed, both as they occur individually and in various combinations with [Read More…]