Saturday, March 03, 2012

Video: The Meaning of Faith

By Diana Hsieh

In Sunday's Philosophy in Action Webcast, I discussed the meaning of faith. The question was:

Is it wrong to use "faith" to mean "trust and confidence in a person"? Some people talk about having "faith" in their friends or in themselves – and by that, they mean that they trust and have confidence in those people. Is it wrong to use "faith" in that way? In other words, blind faith is wrong, but is all faith blind faith?
My answer, in brief:
The term “faith,” when used to refer to trust or confidence in a person, suggests that such is not justified or warranted based on facts. That’s why I avoid the term, and I suggest that others do the same. However, a person is not corrupt for using it.
Here's the video of my full answer:
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