Why I Define Faith Philosophically As Inherently Irrational and Immoral

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.

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Rational Beliefs, Rational Actions, And When It Is Rational To Act On What You Don’t Think Is True

We hold beliefs with various degrees of justification and the demands of rationality dictate to us that we proportion our degree of belief to the degree of our justification.  If I am looking at evidence for two sides of a position and I find that 60% of the evidence seems to favor side A, whereas [Read More...]

Atheist Hope

From The Daily Dish (again), comes a superb reply to the charge that atheists live meaningless lives.  First the charge: So, yes, religion has to answer for the crusades.  And atheists have to answer for having no meaningful words of hope to provide in crisis. And then the reply: Excuse me? Just because the reader [Read More...]