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« Reply #15: May 06, 2007, 06:55:53 pm »

Belief is to thought as faith is to trust.

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« Reply #16: May 06, 2007, 07:03:21 pm »

Hmm... "Belief" is gravity, the strong electromagnetic force, the weak electromagnetic force and... mind goes blank for the other universal force.

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« Reply #17: May 07, 2007, 12:24:42 am »

where do you draw the line between faith and belief? Is there even one?
I'm in on the "general agreement with nuanced differences" that seems to have come out of this; about all I have to add is an illustration of what the subtle distinction is for me ('cause no way can I articulate it otherwise):  I prefer to refer to my set of unprovables as belief, because faith doesn't lend itself to the "I think so but I don't know so" of my pervasive agnosticism.  I'm not saying faith is the province of certainty, necessarily; just that the belief/knowledge comparison is more clearly a matter of degree, while the faith/knowledge comparison is an apples-and-oranges contrast - something that lends itself better to discussing the way that religion and science are different (potentially complementary, but different) approaches to understanding.

Funny, that all seemed much clearer when I hit "quote".  I hope it's not too unfathomable now that I'm about to hit "post".

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« Reply #18: May 07, 2007, 08:40:44 am »

Funny, that all seemed much clearer when I hit "quote".  I hope it's not too unfathomable now that I'm about to hit "post".

It made sense to me, FWIW.  It's also kind of related to the general direction I was fumbling in, I think.  I couldn't draw the exact connection, but what you said sort of resonates with me in a "yup, that's it too" kind of way.
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