This was originally posted here but when i saw the “awaiting moderation” thing I decided to copypaste here just in case.
Just some random thoughts on this topic that may or may not help things at all.
Technically, faith is the acceptance of something as true whether there is evidence or not. There might be evidence supporting a belief. There might not. Faith doesn’t really care either way. The evidence is secondary. That you believe it, in the face of adversity, is somehow considered a virtue. This can work in both a rational framework and an irrational framework, which is the real bane of its usage, and again why atheists should refrain from using faith. Those who are irrational can use examples of rational “beliefs” to defend their own irrational beliefs. if it’s okay for Jack to believe in X why can’t Joan believe in Y? The fact X has proof and Y does not loses its relevance to the irrational mind, cuz it dismissed evidence in the first place.
I mean what is evidence anyway? Something you believe is factual. See the slippery slope here?
I have often said elsewhere on the Web that while atheism is a doubt in god, not all atheists agree on everything else. Some may still believe in ancient aliens or Atlantis or Bigfoot or they may believe we never landed on the moon or any other crazy things. Some atheists may believe that beer is bad for you while others believe beer is good. Ultimately, belief is not relevant, but people place relevance upon faith, because they believe in it, and that’s not going to go away. Even if you tried to police thought crimes, you would not be rid of it.
This will continue to happen, because it’s impossible to police this. Faith will continue to be abused by irrational people. “Sometimes Number One, you just have to bow to the absurd,” once said Jean Luc Picard on STNG. You can opt to believe by the way that somewhere somewhen Star Trek will really happen. Can you prove it won’t? Can you prove it will? Believe whatever you want. No one can stop you. I would say “just don’t use those unfounded beliefs to legislate morality, or force others to your will,” but there’s no way to police that either, without becoming the very thing you seek to thwart.
If you believe any of that, I got a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you.