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Faith = Knowledge? - You be the judge

Faith = Knowledge? - JUDGE FOR YOURSELF.

Hmm. I'm pretty sure you haven't thought this through for very long or very hard. But you can have it your way.

Few people would agree with you. Especially philosophers, apologists, intellectuals, and even most laymen.

If "faith = knowledge," THEN WHY DO WE DISTINGUISH between the two in speech and other communication???

Instead of theists saying: "You must have faith."
Theists could just say: "You must have knowledge."

You can see that they are not even close to the same thing, in fact they are polar opposites. Though this is a deep topic in philosophy and epistemology.

But let me just post a few of the top definitions of both words.

Faith: Belief that is not based on proof; confidence; a belief in a deity; strong belief or trust in someone or something; belief in the existence of God; strong religious feelings or beliefs; a system of religious beliefs.

Knowledge: The fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association; acquaintance with or understanding of a science, art, or technique; the fact or condition of being aware of something; the circumstance or condition of apprehending truth or fact through reasoning.


These are straight from Miriam-Webster.

Perhaps you noticed:

Faith = belief = trust = confidence. For most purposes.

Knowledge = fact. For most purposes.


And notice that even the DICTIONARY disagrees with you, and even the dictionary considers "faith" to be equated with religion and deities; nothing to do with knowledge or facts; nothing to do with real things. Nothing to do with experience, observation, or empiricism.

So I would call your assertion that "faith = knowledge" either dishonest, or foolish and hasty.

Either way, I try not to be dishonest or hasty.