Chapter 11
Faith or No Faith?

Here is a simple definition of faith:

Faith: Belief in something that has not been directly observed.

Based on this simple definition, let’s consider some things that involve faith:

You may object to some of my examples. Many people have never associated “faith” with things like traveling through stop lights, sitting on chairs, and traveling over bridges. You may be so sure of the integrity of such things that you don’t consider faith to be involved when you rely on them. However, if you haven’t directly verified the integrity of such things, then it seems to me that you have a “belief in something that has not been directly observed” when you rely on their integrity. I would call such strong confidence “strong faith” rather than saying faith is not involved.

We can see from these examples that the strength of our faith in various things often depends on our previous experience with similar things. People who have had a chair fail under them, or a bridge fall down under them, or who have been injured due to the failure of a stop light generally have less faith in such things than those who haven’t experienced such failures.

From the above examples, I think it is clear that everyone has faith in some things to some degree in many areas of life. This leads us to another self-evident truth:

Everyone has some degree of faith in some things.

For Further Reflection:

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