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  •  One minor point from an alternate viewpoint. (0+ / 0-)

    I generally don't consider I have 'faith' the sun will rise in the morning.  There's no way I could be absolutely certain it will, but given the regularity of the event, and the ubiquity of the physical laws governing the sunrise each morning, I take it as an almost absolute certitude it will happen.

    It's merely a result of repeated observation of a common phenomena.  There's a lot of things that are called faith that I would call this instead.  Evolution is another such thing, as I hear doubters of evolution like to dismiss it by first arguing that evolution is believed on faith.

    Faith can have a lot of different uses and definitions, and this is just how I personally tend to use the term.  I don't generally accept that I have 'faith' in things.  I accept statements based upon evidence and logical reasoning.

    If you could show me that I believe something without good reason, I would respond by dropping any acceptance of the thing I have faith in.

    Other than that, I agree with the sentiments expressed.  I don't generally like the idea of highly faithful people getting political power.  They tend to clash with the 'worldly' views of...  Observing the world around them.

    •  In Response (0+ / 0-)

      I fully understand your point, and since I am also a person of no faith, I have to agree with your general perspective.  In the post I was expressing the views of many of the people I live with for whom faith, however sparingly used, is a part of their lives.  As a liberal Democrat, I have the misfortune to be surrounded by conservative, religious Republicans who are feeling rather disaffected right now.  My major thesis is that most of these people are neither so crazy nor excessive in their faith that they could not make good Democrats.  If this were to occur, it would guarantee that the Republican party would "go Whig."

      Bene Scriptum, Bene Intellectum.

      by T C Gibian on Sat Nov 24, 2012 at 08:41:04 AM PST

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