Fritz Kropfreiter Posted almost 2 years ago Is Faith inherently irrational? Faith is not, inherently, irrational. Even the dogmatic faith of our long dead ancestors was rational in that it allowed a social cohesion based on shared beliefs. Insofar as proscriptive faith continues to maintain the delusions of its adherents it is very rational. Logical, on the other hand, not so much. In the arena of logic, religious faith fails on the fallacy of false premise in much the same way. The Inquisition failed because it started with the premise that witches existed. The remainder of this sorry period in European history follows from subsequent arguments, "IF there are witches, then . . ." In the same way, religious faith flows from the premise that there is a god. "IF there is a god, then . . ." and all of the rules and beliefs and exclusions flow in logical consequence from the initial unverifiable (though not necessarily false because it is unprovable) premise. So, "Is faith rational?" Yes, since it arises from and through reason. "Is it logical?" Not by a metaphysical mile.