Whateverman and I have had a little interesting discussion in a random thread about faith...so I thought I would put it as a post.
Da Pilgrim, does it take faith to not believe in The Flying Spaghetti Monster?
Because you cannot confirm without a doubt that he/she/it does not exist.
So then, it takes faith to believe that the traffic light will turn Red after it turns yellow, that eating a can of mushrooms wont kill you, that a pen will work when you try to write something, that your computer will turn on when you hit the power switch, etc.
DP, if everything takes faith, why do Christians endlessly trot out their faith as evidence of God's existence? According to you, believing and not believing in things requires faith - meaning that Christian faith is no different from belief or disbelief in an invisible pink unicorn...
My definition of faith would be something like:
A logical deduction from the evidence at hand. Faith does not glory in the absence of evidence but glories in the presence of it.
I believe Christianity for a REASON. I do not come to it and say "You know what, I choose Christianity, I don't know/care why but I choose to have faith in the christian God", if I did this that would be BLIND faith.
Since we can only speak of proof in mathematics then everything else is taken as a conclusion from a logical deduction.
I do not know whether a traffic light will continue to turn red or if my computer will turn on when I hit the power switch but I put my faith in a conclusion of the evidence I have at hand.
So you may say something like...why not just call it evidence instead of faith?
Well, when you say that you have "faith" in someone such as a wife...what does that mean? It means to trust her, but of course someone could be wrong about her trustworthiness.
I would not go around saying "I have evidence of my wife's trustworthiness".
All This is why for me to say "I don't know if there is a God" and then live like there is none, is really just like (or similar in principle) living as if there were none...which then shows what my faith would be that there is most likely no God...an atheist. An atheist is willing willing to bet his/her life on it.
I don't have the faith to choose atheism.
You obviously have an opposite faith.