Blind faith is not faith

December 15, 2013 § 8 Comments

Faith is a kind of knowledge: it is trust placed in a trustworthy witness or teacher. The modern idea of faith – more or less “belief for no good reason” – is tommyrot, a straw man caricature which has been repeated so many times that many Christians have bought into it themselves. It places knowledge and faith in opposition to each other rather than understanding that faith is a kind of knowledge — an unavoidable kind, since we all know most of what we know through trust in reliable sources, that is, faith. The existence of God is knowable to natural reason; trusting in Him (faith) implies knowledge of what He has chosen to reveal to us, as well as trust in His benevolence, etc.

Modernity is in significant part a project aimed at destroying any kind of authoritative knowledge that rivals “scientific” knowledge (for values of “rivals” and “scientific”). Faith and stereotypes are prominent examples.

(Left as a comment here).

§ 8 Responses to Blind faith is not faith

  • Gian says:

    Knowledges of causes is also something tricky for the modern mind. Empirically, correlations are all it is possible to get. To get to the causation, one has to apply judgment and a sense of fitness of things. It is an intuitive and not a discursive process that makes the leap of causation from mere correlation.

    Thus, many modern philosophers deny the existence of true causes in nature.
    The paradigmatic question is How do we know that Sun will rise tomorrow?

  • Cane Caldo says:

    Gian said: The paradigmatic question is How do we know that Sun will rise tomorrow?

    Reminded me of this effort by an atheist to work out the necessity of faith:

  • You’d be surprised at how many Catholics are amazed to hear that the First Vatican Council anathematized the proposition that God’s existence cannot be proven through reason alone.

  • Michael says:

    Exactly so. Also, “hope” is characterized at half-heartedly wishing that something extremely unlikely to happen will happen, instead of the desiring something with the expectation of getting it.

  • Scott says:

    Your point about stereotyping (in the link) is one of several upon which the “west” will, in the end, fall on its sword for. It is amazing to me how “you are painting with a broad brush” has become one of the ways to immediately silence a conversation about a difficult or sensitive topic.

    Without the ability to generalize, one simply cannot navigate through the complexities of each and every one of lifes novel situations. If we are not allowed (because of shame) to do so, we are doomed.

  • Zippy says:

    Scott:
    Agreed, and that sword is sharp.

    Stereotypes allow us to work with limited information. Collecting information isn’t free (that’s why private detectives and market researchers get paid), and any real person or object is a potentially infinite source of information.

    I am sure the modern superabundance of food, shelter, and transportation would make those things look virtually free to, say, Cleopatra, if she were transported forward in time to the present. Moral outrage at stereotyping is a modern luxury good, and like many modern products it feeds an infinitely voracious appetite which can never be satisfied even in principle.

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