Faith, by any definition, elusive through the ages

info@islandpacket.comJune 24, 2013 

Regarding the recent letter, "It's not real faith; it's probable factuality":

First, my understanding of faith is that it is "a process in which a spiritual solution will occur at an unspecified period in time."

The letter writer mentions Webster's six definitions of faith; five are religious. The sixth, which is non-religious, seems out of place. Webster's etymologist should place the sixth under cult, e.g. faith-based science: "unquestioning belief, uncritical grounds for belief," etc.

On faith, scientists believe life evolved by chance, the universe has no meaning and something comes from nothing.

Mathematics, a language only a mathematician understands, puts him at a disadvantage in understanding the universe. Sir Isaac Newton (an enlightened mathematician) wrote (I am paraphrasing) that it would take a philosopher to resolve the problem. I assume he chose the mind of a philosopher because it can accommodate a broad spectrum of knowledge.

The letter writer adds another definition to the cult of faith-based science: "Scientists have more faith in one explanation than another." It's a matter of probable factuality.

I would like to add a fascinating bit of history: During the time of Galileo, when faith-based science was at its zenith, they declared to the faithful that the sun revolved around the Earth.

Later, a man by the name of Copernicus, gathering the observations of enlightened scientists, including his own, and calculating the results, reasoned that the Earth revolved around the sun.

Robert Pielli

Hilton Head Island

The Island Packet is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service