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Re: Agreement or Confutation

Posted by Dr. Bob on October 21, 2002, at 21:53:08

In reply to Re: Agreement or Confutation Dr. Bob, posted by IsoM on October 21, 2002, at 15:42:11

> There's diff ways to view the definition of faith. All I wanted to have made known that for those who value logic, rational thinking processes, empirical evidence, & credibility (in short, a scientific view), faith does NOT have to be a dirty word. It doesn't have to mean closing your eyes to truth & facts. It doesn't mean having to suspend reason. And it doesn't mean that one needs "blind" faith. It means looking at & gathering the available evidence & basing your faith on that without ignoring other evidence.

As I said before, thanks for this different point of view. I agree.

> If someone wishes to believe what's incredulous to me because it 'feels right' to them, that's fine. But I don't wish to see just that one view of faith as defining all of what faith SHOULD define. That's why in my first post, I wrote what the actual Bible's definition of faith meant & that it can be quite different from what most people think of when they hear the word 'faith'.

I would just add that what seems to you like "feeling right" may be to them "rational thinking processes". And the Bible's definition of faith shouldn't be the only one, and suspending reason doesn't have to be a dirty word, either.

Bob


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