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Faith, “blind faith,” same difference

January 26, 2011

I often hear people make the distinction between faith and “blind faith.” This implies a dichotomy of sorts: faith is a virtue, but blind faith is to be ridiculed. Alternatively, faith might be seen to fall on a continuum of sophistication. Sophisticated faith is somehow informed, thoughtful, and supported by personal experiences, whereas “blind faith” is a simple, uncritical, unthinking acceptance of what you’ve been told, the faith of a child, say.

But whether faith is sophisticated or simple, faith is still belief without evidence, and I have no use for it.

Let’s consider, too, that calling simple faith “blind” is insensitive to blind people, who are not simpler than sighted individuals, and whose experience of the world is just as complex as sighted people’s.

 

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