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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Religious Belief - Approaches To The Beliefs of Others - Exclusivism
... either in error, or as corruptions or counterfeits of the true faith ... by the founder or leaders, and consider it a matter of faith that the religion has a monopoly on truth ... 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 ...

More definitions of "faith":

  • (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
  • (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:

    A faith is something you die for, a doctrine is something you kill for. There is all the difference in the world.
    Tony Benn (b. 1925)

    Can we love our children when they are homely, awkward, unkempt, flaunting the styles and friendships we don’t approve of, when they fail to be the best, the brightest, the most accomplished at school or even at home? Can we be there when their world has fallen apart and only we can restore their faith and confidence in life?
    Neil Kurshan (20th century)

    Those to whom God has imparted religion by feeling of the heart are very fortunate and are rightly convinced. But to those who do not have it, we can give it only by reasoning, waiting for God to give it by feeling of the heart—without which faith is only human and useless for salvation.
    Blaise Pascal (1623–1662)