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Strengths and Weaknesses of Faith as a Basis for Knowledge

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Jack Ellis

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Transcript of Strengths and Weaknesses of Faith as a Basis for Knowledge

Strengths and Weaknesses of Faith as a Basis for Knowledge Religion Conclusion Faith is defined as a belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence (cc) photo by medhead on Flickr A specific fundamental set of beliefs and prcatices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects. Strengths can provide us with answers beyond our understanding.
a force for individual and group identity
a force for social stability, group cohesion
rules for life, a moral structure
an explanation of the world around us
a way of answering "ultimate questions"
a means of interceding with the supernatural

Weaknesses Can hinder acceptance of new ideas
Can blind people to reality even with
emersion of new evidence
can often be objectified by other ways of knowing. Natural Sciences The sciences collectively that are involved in the study of the physical world and its phenomena Strengths Allows confidence in experimentation
Allows trust in others experiments
Provides a basis on which to create theories (faith in accepted theories)
Trust in the point and purpose of your experiment Weaknesses Faith goes against the foundation of the scientific method
"Faith is a process of non-thinking" - Dawkin "the further the spiritual evolution of man-kind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life and the fear of death and blind faith but through striving after rational knowledge" - einstein History Strengths Faith in static facts allows for intellectual analysis
Faith in history allows insight into the future.
Faith in the Consensus Gentium allows for meaningful historical debate.
a continuous, systematic narrative of past events as relating to a particular people, country, period, person, etc., usually written as a chronological account; chronicle: a history of France; a medical history of the patient. Weaknesses Too much faith in history and other historions can lead to misinterpretation of events.
"Faith in History is the failure to seriously consider the alternative sceneraios that might explain the available facts" - Lectures on Faith in Historical Perspective
“I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judging the future but by the past.” - Edward Gibbon Conclusion
A strong reliance upon faith as a way of knowing in History is severly detrimental to the analysis of historical events. faith can proves as a hindrance to progression CONCLUSION "a method of procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century, consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses." -0ED
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