The common view of faith is well represented by this speech from Jack McDevitt’s novel Odyssey:
Faith is conviction without evidence, and sometimes even in the face of contrary evidence. In some quarters, this quality is perceived as a virtue.
In fact, this is not what the Catholic Church means by faith. Per Cardinal Schönborn,
A blind faith, one that would simply demand a leap into the utter void of uncertainty, would be no human faith. If belief in the Creator were totally without insight, without any understanding of what such entails, then it would likewise be inhuman. Quite rightly, the Church has always rejected “fideism” — that very sort of blind faith.
Beginning with this, Mike Flynn is embarking on a detailed, multi-part look at faith and science, and begins with some instances where well-known scientists have relied on a kind of faith—and rightly so.