TheThinkingMan wrote:Faith is intellectual suicide but it is not synonymous with self-delusion.
Faith isn't always intellectual suicide, it can be a rational choice. As example...
I have faith that everything will be ok when I die. I don't claim to know any of the details, but I have faith in the bottom line. I have no evidence for this belief. I know I have no evidence.
But, the feeling that everything will be ok arises, and I let it hang around. I encourage it a bit too. It's entirely rational to do so.
A belief that everything will be ok when we die brings some perspective to life. If we think everything will ultimately be ok, then it's easier to not sweat all the little things that aren't going as we might prefer. Not sweating the little things makes life easier and more fun.
Whether the premise "death will be ok" is actually true or not isn't that relevant. What's relevant is whether we believe it.
Faith can be entirely rational. If faith wasn't grounded in reason, if it didn't work in improving lives, it would have itself died out long ago.