Faith

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Faith is variously defined as belief, confidence or trust in a person, object, religion, idea or view which is not based on proof.[1] It may also be used to refer to a particular system of religious beliefs believed to be true regardless of scientific evidence. The term 'faith' has numerous connotations and is used in many different ways, often depending on context.

Although many if not most religions advocate blind faith in their scripture and mythology as an essential part of their doctrine, prototheism maintains the view that this should be avoided as it ignores reason and logic when evaluating the truth of something. It is therefore inherently harmful as it endangers the practitioner through delusion, false beliefs and a susceptibility for being controlled or taken advantage of by authority.

As an alternative to faith, people should approach all concepts with a detached viewpoint that prioritizes skepticism, logic, critical thinking and evidence based conclusions.

The scientific method should be applied when one seeks to advance knowledge as this is the most efficient tool we have for understanding the world around us through the application of logic to our environment.

Almost nothing can be known as fact due to the inherent nature of our perception. As we experience a subjective reality we cannot ever perceive things for themselves outside of the filtered copies which our brain presents to itself through the data its sensory organs collect. Thus, the possibility of our internal models of reality remaining incomplete or outright incorrect cannot be eradicated as we cannot see things through anything but our limited and likely fallible minds.

However, there is one thing that we can know to be true and this is exclusively that there is at least some sort of existence which our individual awareness inhabits. This self-evident conclusion is a result of the fact that we are experiencing the act of thinking about this in the first place. The most prevalent colloquial version of this truth is most commonly stated as "I think therefore I am". To accept anything else as an inherently true fact is an irrational and unverifiable leap of blind faith. This should be avoided by understanding that although we cannot know what is genuine truth, we can know what is the most likely truth using our currently available evidence and a rigorous logical approach to it.

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  1. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/faith