What is faith?

  • (noun): Loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person.
    Example: "Keep the faith"; "they broke faith with their investors"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Faith

Depending on the religion, faith is belief in a god or gods or in the doctrines or teachings of the religion. Informal usage of faith can be quite broad, including trust or belief without proof, and "faith" is often used as a substitute for "hope", "trust" or "belief". Some critics of faith have argued that faith is opposed to reason. In contrast, some advocates of faith argue that the proper domain of faith concerns questions which cannot be settled by evidence. This is exemplified by attitudes about the future, which (by definition) has not yet occurred.

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Some articles on faith:

Faith, Hope And Charity - Subsequent Meanings
... The three Gloster Gladiator fighters Faith, Hope and Charity defended Malta against the Italian Air Force during the early part of the siege of ... Faith, Hope and Charity are also the name of some Christmas decorations used in Finland (especially near the town of Jakobstad) ... Edmund Spenser references Faith, Hope and Charity in Book I of his epic poem The Faerie Queene through the characters of Fidelia, Speranza and Charissa ...
Faith (disambiguation)
... Faith is the belief in the truths of religion belief in the authenticity of divine revelation ... Faith may also refer to trust (social sciences) in a person or entity Good faith, bona fides, the mental and moral state of honesty Bad faith, a legal concept in which a malicious motive on the part of a party in a ...
Religious Belief - Approaches To The Beliefs of Others - Exclusivism
... as either in error, or as corruptions or counterfeits of the true faith ... or leaders, and consider it a matter of faith that the religion has a monopoly on truth ... as an innovation characterized specifically by its explicit rejection of earlier polytheistic faiths ...
Ralph Erskine (preacher) - Quotes
... "Faith, without trouble or fighting, is a suspicious faith for true faith is a fighting, wrestling faith." - Ralph Erskine, 1733 ...
Religious Belief - Approaches To The Beliefs of Others - Inclusivism
... People with inclusivist beliefs recognize some truth in all faith systems, highlighting agreements and minimizing differences ... The Bahá'í Faith considers it doctrine that there is truth in all faith systems ...

More definitions of "faith":

  • (noun): Complete confidence in a person or plan etc.
    Example: "He cherished the faith of a good woman"
    Synonyms: trust
  • (noun): A strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny.
    Example: "He lost his faith but not his morality"
    Synonyms: religion, religious belief
  • (noun): Institution to express belief in a divine power.
    Example: "A member of his own faith contradicted him"
    Synonyms: religion

Famous quotes containing the word faith:

    Christianity only hopes. It has hung its harp on the willows, and cannot sing a song in a strange land. It has dreamed a sad dream, and does not yet welcome the morning with joy. The mother tells her falsehoods to her child, but, thank heaven, the child does not grow up in its parent’s shadow. Our mother’s faith has not grown with her experience. Her experience has been too much for her. The lesson of life was too hard for her to learn.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    His singing carried me back to the period of the discovery of America ... when Europeans first encountered the simple faith of the Indian. There was, indeed, a beautiful simplicity about it; nothing of the dark and savage, only the mild and infantile. The sentiments of humility and reverence chiefly were expressed.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    What should I say,
    Since faith is dead,
    And truth away
    From you is fled?
    Should I be led
    With doubleness?
    Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503?–1542)