We live in a big world ladies and gents! The vast amount of thinking and perception that exists among people is a very curious reality to me. Across this spectrum of understanding fact from fiction some of us seem a little more geared than others to recognize the red flags within this conversation. Thus the value of critical thinking and having a questioning frame of mind.
When this conversation turns to religion you’re going to get my attention because I once invested a lot of energy into defending its claims. I was striving for an honorable path in which I intended to have a ministry that propagated the love and wisdom of God freely to all. In other words, I truly believed that I had some insights into the mind of an unseen deity. I passionately accepted that the Bible was inerrant and geniusly inspired!
I believed all of these things until the refining fires of this life shaped me a little differently than I had ever anticipated they would. It took much hardship to illustrate to my own self that I was deceived about many things when it came to having faith in the unseen. I’m going to spell out a list of some important examples that I think illustrate that faith in and of itself is a folly of the mind. What I mean is that it is an exercise that is entirely unhelpful within the pursuit of pure knowledge and here is why:
1) Faith is a reliance upon a metaphysical understanding of the world that fails to intersect with our present knowledge and experiences.
2) Faith carries within it the idea of an unbreakable covenantal relationship. In other words, it is a call to complete allegiance in spite of any evidence that may be given to the contrary.
3) Faith is first and foremost a response to authority rather than an in depth examination of knowledge.
4) Faith fails to acknowledge opposing claims of divine authority as being just as plausible due to the nature or design of these claims.
5) The difference between faith and knowledge is twofold. 1) Faith usurps a careful pursuit of the truth in which it may very well be more justified to suspend judgment based upon present conditions. 2.) Faith fails to utilize uncertainty as a tool to more closely come to terms with what is and is not actual knowledge.
In my future posts I plan to flesh out and defend each of these points. My goal here is to demonstrate legitimate problems that appear when someone of any religious background begins their pursuit of pure knowledge from a position of religious faith rather than from a careful consideration of the facts and particularly how knowledge can be gained in the world.
Stay with me guys, things are getting good!