Faith is really just a lifestyle but it’s a way of knowing which is equivalent to the basic assumptions needed for coherent thought and superior to those same axioms. Confused? You should be, I’m starting to think that’s the point.
The joke about postmodernists is that if you are attacking them on a specific claim they must have meant something else. More and more in discussions with religious believers I find myself facing a similar convenient shift of meaning whenever I try to pin someone down on what they mean by ‘faith.’
When I point out you can’t understand reality by ignoring it and sticking to your beliefs I’m told I’m getting faith all wrong and that I also have faith because I accept some axioms of thought. If I explain why the two aren’t equal I’m told I’m right after all but because faith is clearly superior to those axioms because it can account for absolutes. If I explain the futility of a finite mind trying to argue for absolutes I’m reprimanded for missing the real point of faith which is about acknowledging we don’t know everything, staying humble and being a good person.
Really ‘faith’ is often whatever a believer needs it to be to avoid acknowledging any misstep from the truth. However point this out at your own peril as it just might lead to questions like “Who said I’m talking about knowing reality anyway?”