What is Faith? Thats the question I ask. As a member of this society I would be out of line to not give the other side to speak on the matter. I don’t ask to be mean, make fun, and/or even come close to making it a joking matter. I ask, this vague, yet powerful questions that would get multiple different answers, and that’s great. I am all for it, if it makes you feel complete and whole, but I ask because even though both are being analyzed, I question whether they both can be classified in the same category. Let me explain….
I was raised Catholic my whole childhood, no choice in the matter, my parents made me go. Which was good and all, because I didn’t know any better. My parents were not college educated, it was a small town, and going to church is what you did. But as I have aged and now 27 years old, I have thought a lot about this question and how it relates to science, because I do not consider myself a religious person by any means, nor plan to be, but thats just my own belief in the matter. I am a Biology major and even though I do believe in evolution and the big bang, its important to have a grasp on what the other side believes or you can’t raise a argument when you are one sided. But getting back to the question at hand, I feel “Religion” and “Science” are not even in the same ballpark. Religion is a set of beliefs, keyword: beliefs, that there is a almighty power greater than us (no matter the form of almighty power) that is based on either a book that has been passed on for generations and generations. Again, not to sound cruel or demeaning in any way, they are a set of “beliefs”, nothing has ever been proven. Science on the other hand only comes in the form of facts, otherwise it isn’t published and/or studied immensely first. So there is where I have trouble putting both of them in the same category, because one is un-proven beliefs, and the other proven facts.
My best friend is very religious and we have this talk all the time. With all of the kings, rulers, emperors, etc. and especially, who’s to say the bible, the koran, and any other religious literature isn’t a very old game of “phone tag;” interpreted differently by generations. Who is to say that something didn’t get “tweaked” by some king to use this power of religion for personal gain. It’s just something I think about. For example, William Shakespeare’s work wasn’t all published by Bill himself, other play writers had found some of his work and published it themselves as co-authors; who’s to say the same thing didn’t happen.
Not trying to make anyone made, I do believe religion and faith are useful and beneficial, as long as they are used personally and not used to try to sway another’s beliefs and/or harm anyone because they do think differently. To me religion and faith is here in our lives, to give us some comfort and basically a guideline on how to live peacefully with one and other and how to be a better person for yourself, your family and others around you or in the world.
But to finish, again I ask “What is Faith” from the non-religious standpoint, because I question whether religion and science should even be debated on the same level. Again, this blog was to not offend anyone, but to maybe look at it from a different standpoint, rather than trying to compare two things that may not even been comparable with each other.
By: Gerald Brenner