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 Malta in World War II ... 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 ...
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 - Exclusivism
... or as corruptions or counterfeits of the true faith ... the founder or leaders, and consider it a matter of faith that the religion has a monopoly on truth ... innovation characterized specifically by its explicit rejection of earlier polytheistic faiths ...
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 ...
Religious Belief - Approaches To The Beliefs of Others - Inclusivism
... 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): 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
  • (noun): Complete confidence in a person or plan etc.
    Example: "He cherished the faith of a good woman"
    Synonyms: trust

Famous quotes containing the word faith:

    The only coöperation which is commonly possible is exceedingly partial and superficial; and what little true coöperation there is, is as if it were not, being a harmony inaudible to men. If a man has faith, he will coöperate with equal faith everywhere; if he has not faith, he will continue to live like the rest of the world, whatever company he is joined to.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    Why does philosophy use concepts and why does faith use symbols if both try to express the same ultimate? The answer, of course, is that the relation to the ultimate is not the same in each case. The philosophical relation is in principle a detached description of the basic structure in which the ultimate manifests itself. The relation of faith is in principle an involved expression of concern about the meaning of the ultimate for the faithful.
    Paul Tillich (1886–1965)

    Mead had studied for the ministry, but had lost his faith and took great delight in blasphemy. Capt. Charles H. Frady, pioneer missionary, held a meeting here and brought Mead back into the fold. He then became so devout that, one Sunday, when he happened upon a swimming party, he shot at the people in the river, and threatened to kill anyone he again caught desecrating the Sabbath.
    —For the State of Nebraska, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)