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Faith or Blind Faith

 
 
Reply Mon 17 Nov, 2008 09:22 am
In the context of religion, what's the difference between Faith and Blind Faith, and which is better?
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Letty
 
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Reply Mon 17 Nov, 2008 10:26 am
@rosborne979,
Ros, to me, simple faith is the belief in things unseen; blind faith, on the other hand, is that which is forced upon an individual through church dogma, etc.
saab
 
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Reply Mon 17 Nov, 2008 11:00 am
@rosborne979,
faith is for me what you believe either religion or politics or horoscope
Blind faith is when you uncritically believe in something and think it is the truth.
Blind faith is not good. It is better to be sceptical and a bit critical to a preacher whatever it is about religion or politics. Blind faith makes you intolerant to other
ideas.
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JPB
 
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Reply Mon 17 Nov, 2008 11:04 am
@rosborne979,
Agreeing here with Letty that faith is an acceptance that we don't have to understand everything to acknowledge it's existence. Blind faith is a non-questioning adherence to a prescribed dogma as Truth.
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Mon 17 Nov, 2008 11:23 am
So it sounds like you're all saying that "faith" by itself has a little bit of skepticism built into it which differentiates it from blind-faith.

Faith to me seems to be more of an all or nothing type of deal; either you have faith or you don't. But you all seem to be treating it more like a bias than an absolute.
Letty
 
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Reply Mon 17 Nov, 2008 11:38 am
@rosborne979,
As usual, Ros, a poet says it far better than I could:

WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND ?
BY: CHRISTINA ROSSETTI

Who has seen the wind?

Neither I nor you:

But when the leaves hang trembling

The wind is passing thro'


Who has seen the wind?

Neither you nor I:

But when the trees bow down their heads

The wind is passing by.




Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 17 Nov, 2008 12:56 pm
Come down off your throne and leave your body alone.
Somebody must change.
You are the reason I've been waiting so long.
Somebody holds the key.

But I'm near the end and I just ain't got the time
And I'm wasted and I can't find my way home.

Come down on your own and leave your body alone.
Somebody must change.
You are the reason I've been waiting all these years.
Somebody holds the key.


-- Blind Faith, 1969

(Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Stevie Winwood, Rich Grech)
rosborne979
 
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Reply Mon 17 Nov, 2008 02:55 pm
@Letty,
I don't get it.
rosborne979
 
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Reply Mon 17 Nov, 2008 02:57 pm
@Setanta,
I really don't get it.
Letty
 
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Reply Mon 17 Nov, 2008 03:04 pm
@rosborne979,
Well, Ros, as I noted earlier, and as the poet says, simple faith is a belief in things unseen, i.e. the wind.
Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 17 Nov, 2008 03:20 pm
@rosborne979,
It was just free association, Ros . . . so, what? . . . you're opposed to freedom? . . . i might have known . . . you leftist commie evolutionist . . .
djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 17 Nov, 2008 05:04 pm
@Setanta,
Laughing
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 17 Nov, 2008 05:06 pm
I always free associate with songs, Man . . . The Girl gives me some strange looks a lotta times . . . she'll ask me a question, i'll "I dunno" and then i'll start singin'

Don't know much about history
Don't much trigonometry
Don't know much about science books
Don't know much about the French i took . . .
djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 17 Nov, 2008 05:07 pm
@Setanta,
but...but....you do know Confused
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Mon 17 Nov, 2008 05:28 pm
@Letty,
But so is blind faith, right?
rosborne979
 
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Reply Mon 17 Nov, 2008 05:30 pm
@Setanta,
My head is spinning...
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Letty
 
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Reply Mon 17 Nov, 2008 05:40 pm
@rosborne979,
Ros, go back and look at my first post, honey. There is a difference between simple faith and blind faith.

In the interim, here's a song for you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi9sLkyhhlE
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Mon 17 Nov, 2008 10:48 pm
@Letty,
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Ros, to me, simple faith is the belief in things unseen; blind faith, on the other hand, is that which is forced upon an individual through church dogma, etc.

Hi Letty,

Ok, so both things may be "unseen", but one of them (blind faith) is forced on you, and the other (simple faith) is chosen. So the difference is between being forced, or chosen. Is that what you mean?

Letty
 
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Reply Tue 18 Nov, 2008 04:52 am
@rosborne979,
ros, that simple faith of which I spoke is not exactly "chosen", it is a product of cognitive insight. At least it was/is for me.
spendius
 
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Reply Tue 18 Nov, 2008 05:11 am
@Letty,
They are both the same. "Blind" is added for emphasis. Usually as an insult.
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