An uncertain faith
August 20, 2009
An uncertain faith is the title of the manuscript I am currently working on. It refers to an alternate definition of faith to that used by atheists to dismiss religious believers, namely, belief without evidence. In this book I argue that for many believers in many religious communities, faith cannot possibly mean belief without evidence, because faith and evidence occupy entirely different logical categories. Whereas evidence supports the relative certainty of propositions, faith concerns beliefs about which no level of certainty is possible. Such beliefs are simply not held up to the same standards as propositional beliefs, and yet can still occupy a great deal of our emotional and cognitive experience. Over the next months I will try to touch on various aspects of the book's argument in this blog.