The Faith Fallacy

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Faith, this five lettered word evokes a sense of awe and wonder for some and contempt for some others. Faith is a strong belief in religious doctrines based on spiritual convictions and in a time where the idea of atheism and agnosticism are widespread, faith is often misunderstood and ridiculed.

If you ask a simple question to a perhaps a woman observing a fast for the longer life of her husband on Karva Chauth that why she does it, I’m guessing the answer won’t go farther than “It’s the tradition” or “This is what is done”. There is no concrete logic in the acts of faith we engage in. Yet we see millions of heads bowed reverently in countless temples, mosques, synagogues, churches, so on and so forth.

Young adults often find themselves at crossroads when the theories they’ve been taught since infancy are contradicted by what they learn in science. These counter statements do not force you to pick sides. They are not two sides at odds with each other.

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Where faith may not necessarily need material proof it is also not a substitute for reason.
As is illustrated by history, conflict among the faith itself is a phenomenon. Recently we saw the Sabarimala case wherein the Supreme Court ruled in favor of women being able to enter the Ayappa temple that was formerly inaccessible to them. This pragmatic decision was celebrated by women and activists while the orthodox sects of the society protested violently against it.

Faith is something that bridges gaps where human understanding ends. If we ended up relying only on physical pieces of evidence, our horizons would be vastly limited. There exists a world of knowledge much beyond our understating. Metaphysically, faith is perceiving the power of mind linked with the power of shaping substance.

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