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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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    Sky F

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    Sep 13 2012: If you're just going to define two words and do so in a way that doesn't allow one to fall in the category of the other, then there really isn't a question. Anyone who argues against you is simply not arguing from the same convention of the words "faith" and "rationality".

    Like if my definition of faith was boogers and my definition for irrationality was things found in noses, then I would say hell yeah, faith is inherently irrational. A silly example but the point is simply that if someone believes faith to be rational or irrational, they're going to have definitions that allow their belief to exist.

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