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Faith as a Basis For Knowledge in the Natural Sciences

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Faith has several strengths and weaknesses when used as a basis for knowledge in religion and the natural sciences. In order to fully analyze these strengths and weaknesses and determine which of the two is more prevalent, faith, religion, and the natural sciences should be distinguished from one another. In The New Merriam-Webster Dictionary faith is defined as the “belief and trust in God” or “allegiance to duty or a person” (270), religion as “an organized system of faith and worship” (617), and science as “knowledge covering general truths or the operation of general laws especially as obtained and tested through the scientific method” (650). Faith may be considered a strong basis for knowledge in religion as religion is usually built around the concept of faith. However, faith may be a weak basis for knowledge in religion as certain teachings in a religion may not have a direct link to the concept of faith. Similarly, in the natural sciences, faith may also be seen as a strong basis for knowledge as a scientist has faith in the hypothesis he may be testing. Likewise, faith may be perceived as a weak basis for knowledge in the natural sciences as faith and the natural sciences tend to offer incongruous solutions to the same problem.

Faith may be a strong basis for obtaining knowledge in religion. Believers perceive a lot of the teachings and practices in a religion as pieces of knowledge due to the fact that they have faith in that religion. In Islam, it is considered wrong to eat pork. Because a Muslim has faith in Islam, their religion, they might consider it a piece of a knowledge that it is wrong to eat pork. This can be considered a piece of knowledge that originates from the faith in the religion. Hence, one can c...

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