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Submitted by PJ (United States), Sep 30, 2006 at 15:05

The definition of "faith" mentioned in this article may be how many approach the subject and abuse the practice of faith but there are many religious people who would disagree with such a definition. Since we can't truly know anything directly (either scientifically or religiously) but arrive at knowledge or understanding thru inference following the rules of logic, we are all in the place of exercising faith.

It's not faith -vs- reason but the logical -vs- the illogical. Religion and science both need to excercise logic in their pursuits and unfortunately this is often not the case. I would agree there are differences between science and religion concerning what exactly constitutes the nature of a proof or a fact in their respective fields, but the underlying principles concerning logic and faith apply to both and not just to reason/science.

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