Do you consider faith to be a Way Of Knowing? Would it be more accurate or clearer, to call it a Way Of Believing? Compare faith in this regard with emotion, memory and sense perception.
Faith is a new way of knowing in Theory of Knowledge. It does not rely on proof and often clashes with knowledge provided. Therefore, to some it shouldn’t be considered a Way of Knowing (WOK). For other people, faith is the basis of their whole lives.
“1 complete trust or confidence in someone or something: this restores one’s faith in politicians
2 strong belief in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual conviction rather than proof: bereaved people who have shown supreme faith, a particular religion: the Christian faith, a strongly held belief: men with strong political faiths“
Faith doesn’t necessarily have to involve religion – as indicated by the first definition, it can just indicate a close affiliation or trust in someone, an organisation, or a movement.
The term “faith” is most frequently used to refer to religious faith, but can also be used in a nonspiritual sense as a synonym for trust. For many people, faith is a key way in which they can try to understand and explain the world. People argue that faith is an act of trust and an example of knowledge that is not evidence based. In some traditions belief that is not based on evidence is seen as superior to belief that is based on evidence, the demand for concrete evidence therefore signifying a lack of faith.
Faith can be considered a Way of Knowing for some people and others deem it would be more accurate to call it a Way of Believing. Personally, I consider faith to be more accurately depicted as a Way of Knowing, since saying it is anything else could complicate the idea that faith can aid in the gaining of knowledge and can even be considered knowledge in a religious context. It would be insulting to call faith a Way of Believing, since faith is not the same as believing, reducing its value. Belief is subjective, often unreliable and something that can change in a matter of seconds. On the other hand, faith is constant, and mostly permanent (a more profound version of belief). Faith might mean everything to an individual who seeks knowledge and truth through this medium. An outsider might not consider what they discover through faith to be invalid due to the lack of substantial support, yet at the same time it is knowledge, achieved through faith. From this point of view, faith is quite similar to knowledge and what it stands for. Therefore, considering faith as a Way of Knowing is a lot more clearer than considering it a Way of Believing, since faith is basically knowledge.
Here is an inspirational video on faith:
EMOTION AND FAITH
Emotion can be connected to faith since it can often guide how a person feels. Having faith on something that will have a positive outcome will mean that the emotions towards what faith has been put in will be optimistic. If a person does not have faith in an issue that causes stress, the reaction will be to develop negative emotions, such as outrage if it goes against a person’s faith.
“My faith helps me overcome such negative emotions and find my equilibrium.”
MEMORY AND FAITH
Memories can help us foreshadow events based on previous incidents. This involves faith, since nothing can be known to happen for certain until it does. The faith in memory is that we can create a better future from what we know and on past experiences.
“Today, I know that memories are the key not to the past but to the future. I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work he will give us to do.”
SENSORY PERCEPTION AND FAITH
Sense perception based on any of the faculties such as sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch, by which our bodies can perceive an external stimulus, allows us to gain knowledge. The knowledge gained from our senses is based on solid fact of what we perceive in order to arrive at a conclusion. Nevertheless, our senses can be tricked through optical illusions. This means that to fully trust our senses to form conclusions on what occurs around us we must have faith in them up to certain extent. We are constantly double-checking that our senses are picking up evidence correctly. We can also argue that sense perception and faith oppose each other since faith is believing in something we do not sense, while sense perception is processing a stimulus, providing knowledge with evidence.
“Faith indeed tells what the senses do not tell, but not the contrary of what they see. It is above them and not contrary to them.”