What is faith?

  • (noun): Institution to express belief in a divine power.
    Example: "A member of his own faith contradicted him"
    Synonyms: religion
    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:

Ralph Erskine (preacher) - Quotes
... "Faith, without trouble or fighting, is a suspicious faith for true faith is a fighting, wrestling faith." - Ralph Erskine, 1733 ...
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 ...
Religious Belief - Approaches To The Beliefs of Others - Exclusivism
... religions as either in error, or as corruptions or counterfeits of the true faith ... a unique revelation by the founder 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...

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): Loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person.
    Example: "Keep the faith"; "they broke faith with their investors"
  • (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

Famous quotes containing the word faith:

    Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.
    Bible: New Testament, Luke 22:31,32.

    Both faith and cynicism make judgment too easy.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927)

    There is no assurance of the great fact in question [namely, immortality]. All the arguments are mere probabilities, analogies, fancies, whims. We believe, or disbelieve, or are in doubt according to our own make-up—to accidents, to education, to environment. For myself, I do not reach either faith or belief ... that I—the conscious person talking to you—will meet you in the world beyond—you being yourself a conscious person—the same person now reading what I say.
    Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893)