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  •  Faith or confidence? (4.00)
    "Faith", in your usage of the word, does not require a belief in something that is unproven or unproveable, but rather, describes the day-to-day dependence on things that you know exist and work a certain way, such as how restaurants, traffic diversions, and the medical practice work.  If this is the kind of "faith" that you and Bimini mean, then of course if applies to everyone, theists and atheists alike.

    In the context of this discussion, though, it would be inaccurate to call both the belief in a god or gods and the confidence in the explanations of science, "faith".  Kinda' like how we wouldn't equate intelligent design and evolution because they're both "theories".

    •  Exactly (none)
      "Faith" is a word that has several different meanings.  It's a mistake to conflate them.

      "Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist." - Kenneth Boulding

      by randym77 on Tue Nov 15, 2005 at 08:07:04 PM PST

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