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Introduction

The pursuit of knowledge has led to the expansion in the areas of knowledge. Humans used many different ways of knowing, personal and impersonal to reach to new discoveries in these areas. Personal ways of knowing involve emotions and influence the individual upbringings, thus result in the biasness in the derivation of certain areas of knowledge. It is undeniable though that personal ways of knowing provide supreme knowledge in certain areas like religion. Belief is one of them , lies under the knowledge by conviction and provides man with knowledge unattainable by mere human logical thinking. Addressing the issue, belief has been described as "certainty about what cannot be seen," certainly it deals with the subjectivity of the definition of belief in different areas of knowledge. Here, the notion will be critically analysed from several areas of knowledge namely Religion, Mathematics, Natural Science and Economics. Prior to that, it is worthwhile to comprehend that belief exists in these areas of knowledge and the main issue is whether it is appropriate to describe belief as certainty about the unseen in all the areas of knowledge mentioned or can belief represent something else. ...read more.

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Since mankind is one of God's creations, thus mankind cannot see God. The existence of God and metaphysical things are known through the strong faith introduced by religions. This is where belief can be described as certainty about what cannot be seen. Humans are unable to see paradise, hell and other metaphysical things but the inculcation and the power of belief made believers certain about the prevalence of all these. To fully posit that religion is solely based on the notion is also not a correct conviction. Since religions vary, some religions do not ask their believers to belief in something blindly. There are quite many parts in the religion that give us physical evidences of what the believers are told to believe in. For instance, in Islam, the believers are also taught to believe in the existence of Allah. Yes, in this respect, the notion is agreeable. But, on top of that, the believers are taught to ponder over the creation of the world and the universe. The magnificent creations of all these are actually Signs and clear proofs of the existence of God, which believers are told to have faith in. ...read more.

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When an economist predicts something, it is based on certain theories developed. But, the economist can never be sure because any changes in other variables may just deviate the anticipated outcome. Giving an example of Malaysia during 1997 economy recession, during that time, the former Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir had gone for pegging RM to US Dollar. 4The avenue taken was greatly criticized due to the application which went against the economic theory. Malaysia carried on with the means in the strong belief that its economy will ultimately recovered. Finally, in year 2000, Malaysia had proven itself to be right with its economy recovery. Overall in economy, when we say we belief, it means we are up to certain degree certain about what cannot be seen. From the discussion, we can clearly see that the definition of belief in areas of knowledge depends on the objectivity of the knowledge itself. Like Mathematics and Natural Science, the capability of them to demonstrate the objectivity in reaching to the answers lead to the concept of seeing is believing5. For Religion and Economics, the subjectivity in reaching to answers lead to the concept of belief as certainty about what cannot be seen. Therefore, we can conclude that different areas of knowledge impart different definition of the concept of belief base on the objectivity and subjectivity characteristics that appear in them. ...read more.

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