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Why is faith seen as a sign of weakness, instead of an unexplored land/opportunity?

I will be writing this answer from the frank, blunt perspective of someone who is inclusive and accepting of all peoples and belief systems, but who tries to analyze my own personal pattern-matching. ...
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Why is faith seen as a sign of weakness, instead of an unexplored land/opportunity?

There are already some excellent answers which cover most of what I want to say, but I can't resist jumping in as well... I'm going to refer to "me" as an (hopefully) relevant example of someone with ...
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Why is faith seen as a sign of weakness, instead of an unexplored land/opportunity?

I should know better than to jump into this fray. But I can't help myself since this is something I've wondered about myself. Here are the reasons I've collected over the years. Often times I don't ...
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Why is faith seen as a sign of weakness, instead of an unexplored land/opportunity?

The problem with the most literal meaning of 'faith': "belief in something without proof" with respect to religion is that it's a philosophical dodge. For example if you (as a religious person) are ...
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Why is faith seen as a sign of weakness, instead of an unexplored land/opportunity?

Because we live in an age in which science, which can be defined as a reason-based epistemic framework that relies on testing and evidence, is, at an unprecedented speed, closing the gap of knowledge ...
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How could one distinguish crankery from serious work?

How do I know which of the two it could be? Look for somebody who does understand it. People who come up with novel thoughts often (but not always) find it difficult to describe those thoughts in ...
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Can belief in science be considered a form of theism?

Answer: No, but not for lack of trying. The many efforts to conflate scientific and religious belief are, in my view, quite shallow. Mere vandalizing of an important distinction. Both may be ...
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Why is faith seen as a sign of weakness, instead of an unexplored land/opportunity?

Of course faith opens up an additional domain of consciousness with many creative and fantastic ideas like gods, incarnation, sacrifices, superhuman power etc. That's similar to creative ideas in art ...
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How could one distinguish crankery from serious work?

The obvious answer is that you have to make a serious effort to understand the matter from first principles. For mathematics, that would mean reading all of the definitions of all of the individual ...
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Why is faith seen as a sign of weakness, instead of an unexplored land/opportunity?

History may help us understand better... One reason is that the most powerful empire in recent memory, the British Empire, was explicitly Christian. When anti-imperial forces (think Ghandi) became ...
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Why is faith seen as a sign of weakness, instead of an unexplored land/opportunity?

You really do need to define what you mean by faith. People mean vastly different things when they talk about this topic all the time, and any refusal to pin down what they specifically mean is ...
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Why is faith seen as a sign of weakness, instead of an unexplored land/opportunity?

This is perhaps best viewed as historical accident. At this point in history, we are emerging from a time where the dominant religious voices, at least in the industrialized West, have been anti-...
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On Atheists who are sympathetic to religion?

You do not believe in God, yet believe in belief. I would describe that position as pragmatist. Perhaps "pragmatic agnosticism" or "agnostic pragmatism," if you want a glossier label. For Pierce, ...
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Why is faith seen as a sign of weakness, instead of an unexplored land/opportunity?

I think there is a continuum of trustworthiness for knowledge. I've heard the term "faith," as used by Christians, fall in many places along this continuum. At one extreme you have faith meaning a ...
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Why is faith seen as a sign of weakness, instead of an unexplored land/opportunity?

The Bible itself actually has a perspective on this. Peter told believers: "Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you..." (I Peter 4:4), ...
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Can belief in science be considered a form of theism?

May I substitute one word in your question before answering? Scientist do not consider belief in science the right stance on science. Because science does not operate neither by revelation nor by ...
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Why is faith seen as a sign of weakness, instead of an unexplored land/opportunity?

Short answer: despising faith generally is a sign of emotional immaturity, and a blindness to the nature of ones own belief. A truth as old (at least) as Socrates is that wisdom is knowing you know ...
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Why is faith seen as a sign of weakness, instead of an unexplored land/opportunity?

Because having faith, rightly or wrongly, is generally perceived to imply a mind that is closed to evidence that challenges said faith (and hence is a "flawed" mind). This perception is reinforced by ...
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Is faith just a consolation for the common folk?

Assuming you refer to religious faith (because faith in my potential is not a consolation under any perspective). Answer to your question: Faith is not necessarily a consolation, because that would ...
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Why is faith seen as a sign of weakness, instead of an unexplored land/opportunity?

I will say a number of things on this, all of them just my own opinion really, and unfortunately that's all anyone can really offer on this kind of question: I don't think your interpretation of ...
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Why is faith seen as a sign of weakness, instead of an unexplored land/opportunity?

This question has two components: Why do people see faith as a sign of weakness? Why don't people see faith as something new to be explored? I'm going to address the second one. The first one is a ...
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Who is Kierkegaard's knight of faith?

The passage is a bit difficult to follow and if memory serves there's quite a bit of literature out there trying to figure out exactly what the distinction between a knight of faith and knight of ...
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Is theism necessarily 'faith-based'?

One can approach theism as a practice rather than as a specific creed to believe. This does not require accepting any particular statement of faith. Faith itself may be a practice, an act of surrender ...
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Can belief in science be considered a form of theism?

I think it'll depend a lot on terms: "Theism" is often taken to mean belief in a super-natural god (or gods). Belief in science-only would not fit this definition. There seems to only be a fine ...
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Why are we not just a computer program?

There's a whole bunch of related questions in there - too many for a concise answer. What you are asking is related to three main questions: 1. The question of strong AI, i.e. can there be a computer ...
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On Atheists who are sympathetic to religion?

This came up in another recent question: there were attempt during the Enlightenment to provide an "Enlightened Religion," that is religion that is stripped of references to the supernatural. The can ...
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On Atheists who are sympathetic to religion?

Even Christopher Hitchens appreciated (1) that there’s more to life than just matter, and (2) that religion has done a very good job of enshrining "the Numinous" in its music and ...
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On Atheists who are sympathetic to religion?

Historically, many people who have remained sympathetic to religion without retaining their belief in it have quietly stayed in the church (or other religious institution). This has probably become ...
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