Faith is Not Needed For Things That Are Real

Faith is not needed for things that are real

Ever notice how faith is not needed for things that...you know...exist? If we have evidence that something is real, we have no use for faith. If we don't have sufficient evidence that something is real but want to believe in it anyway, we use faith. Thus, the applicability of faith seems to be limited to notions that lack evidence but to which we have become attached.

Contrary to what some religious believers will claim, faith is not a valid approach to understanding the world around us. It isn't another form of acquiring knowledge; it has precious little to do with knowledge. I regard faith as little more than a set of mental gymnastics one uses to prop up beliefs that lack sufficient evidence to support them. We don't need it, and the price we pay for relying on it is one we cannot afford.