In my earlier question, I asked why faith is considered by many to be a virtue. I don't feel that I've gotten any real answers, because most were circular in nature, or vague. Some described faith and used that definition as the reason that faith is a virtue. It's like saying that fruit is good because it's the ripened ovary of a seed-bearing plant.
Some said it's a virtue because it's hard. It would be hard for me to kill my own children. Does that make killing my children a virtue? It would be hard for me to believe that my father is Big Foot. Would that make it a virtue if I were able to convince myself of that?
Some said that it's a virtue because having faith in something "bigger" than themselves makes them strive to be better persons. Is it not a virtue, then, to want to improve oneself without a belief in an invisible supernatural being?
Is it a virtue to know that we are limited beings? What does that have to do with faith? I know that as a human being, as a mortal creature, I'm limited in my abilities, but I don't believe in any deities . . . so, where's the virtue in that?
Specifically, though, I'm wondering what the virtue is in believing (having faith) in a god or gods. What makes that a virtue?
The definition of faith in this sense is a belief in something that does not rest on logical proof or evidence - because you cannot know that your god/s exist/s or exist/s in the way you imagine him/them - you can only believe that he/she/it does or they do.
Can you explain, without using circular "logic" or by simply defining either word, what is virtuous about faith? Can you tell me why it's virtuous to believe in a god but not in magical unicorns or powerful space aliens (or would that be virtuous, too)?Answer Question
Answer by Anonymous at 11:32 AM on Mar. 29, 2013
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