I remember years ago feeling perplexed by the question of whether belief and faith were synonymous, or somehow distinct.
My philosophical-designerly praxis has, over time, induced in me a faith in which, by which, through which I spontaneously experience a sharp, clear distinction between faith and belief. That experience causes me to believe that faith and belief are related, but distinct.
Number me among the faithful. But if you’re numbering believers, count me out.
- The fabric of faith is delicate, unless it is reinforced with texts.
- The wrong question can tear faith.
- Few of us want to know what we cannot know, and most of us want to not know. So, if you already have your answer, don’t ask.
- Etiquette is wise: some incuriosity is prudent, and some concealment is virtuous.
- Nobody wants you to bring your whole self to work, and those who invite it want only the part of you that is redundant and countable.
- Even when faith is woven between the lines of belief, the thread of faith disintegrates long before beliefs give out.
- Nothing is more enviable — nor envied — than authentic faith; hence, false faiths.
Truth is what we experience through faith. Belief is what we assert about the truth we experience.
2 thoughts on “Faith and belief”
I feel like this is a reply to Fish’s notion of cultural vs religious Judaism
Any reply to Fish would be shaped by this understanding. But here’s my question: how would you map cultural and religious Judaism to faith / belief?