Faith as a Way of Knowing

by Caitlin Low on March 13, 2014

All ways of knowing are have equal influence when justifying knowledge claims in religion. Therefore there is no way of knowing that is more important than the other. Many see faith as the more stereotypical way of knowing that has the most influence when justifying knowledge claims in religion. However something that seems as opposing as reason has at least the same if not more influence when justifying knowledge claims in religion. Religion is very personal. Everyone interprets religion differently. To begin interpreting religion there must be reasoning whether deductive of inductive to help process interpretations. With religions such as Christianity that have religious texts such as the Holy Bible there is a lot of processing interpretations because the Holy Bible is relatively vague. Those who choose to believe in Christianity must determine the how they process their interpretation of Christianity for themselves.

Other ways of knowing such as emotion, imagination, memory, and perception that too have at least the same if not more influence when justifying knowledge claims in religion. Faith as a way of knowing justifies knowledge claims in religion because sometimes being satisfied is enough. Despite the truth of the religion everyone needs something to believe in once in while. However satisfaction is to be happy with whatever is present. From this example the ways of knowing are seen to be interlocking. They all have equal influence when justifying knowledge claims in religion because in interlocking they all support each other.

Faith has influence when justifying knowledge claims in religion but there are many advantages and disadvantages of this. Some of these advantages and disadvantages can be seen in the picture.

The advantages and disadvantages of faith as a way of knowing that has influence when justifying knowledge claims in religion

Knowledge claims in religion should not subjected to the way knowledge claims in math or science are deemed valid. Though math and science can explain the physical world they cannot explain human behaviour because religion is a very personal area of knowing.

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