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Is Faith inherently irrational?

I would like to propose the motion that faith is inherently irrational.

I consider rationality (in a nutshell) to be:
'An accurate apportionment of belief in a statement concerning the objective nature of reality, with respect to the available evidence.'

I can think of no better definition of faith than the exact opposite of this:
'A grossly inaccurate apportionment of belief in a statement concerning the objective nature of reality, with respect to the available evidence.'

However, I invite those who have faith, and profess it as a virtue, to submit their definition of faith.

(EDIT 16/9/12: This is intended to be a discussion on the nature of religious faith, of the sort people cite when putting forward claims of the supernatural, of gods, of an afterlife etc.... This is not intended to be a discussion of the wider concepts of hope, loyalty, trust or monogamy, but feel free to mention them in passing, or in comparison to faith. ENDEDIT).

Joseph Dorrell

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  • Sep 12 2012: it depends on what you are believed. As an Asian person, I do believe that faith is rational minded because the faith have been applied since childhood. I believe that God created first human Adam and Eve not in a short time. That is why the evolution teory by Charles Darwin founded that there was an ancient human before homo sapiens. God needs time to make the human becomes perfect. I mix my faith with the classical history so the faith becomes rational.

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