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Is faith purely emotional or is it possible to provide a rational justification for religious belief?

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T.O.K. Is faith purely emotional or is it possible to provide a rational justification for religious belief? I would like to firstly substitute some of the words with simpler alternatives. Hence, is faith/trust purely an expression of instinct/emotional or is it possible to provide justification on a logical basis/rational justification for religious belief/acceptance. On comparing the two stands of emotion and rationale it therefore becomes obvious that the two are most definitely opposites. Though I agree that at times the two may have similar responses their approach is different and so logic and instinct are certainly different as well. ...read more.

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For example, The scientist boasted in 1999 on his discovery of the death of a white star. It was a breakthrough in astrology. However, the Muslim clerics pointed out that this information had already been known to them for the death of the star was revealed centuries ago in the Quran. Learning of this, many of the scientists in the research team accepted Islam. The example above explains how belief has been brought about in an individual not by instinct or emotion but through logical and sensible reasoning. The researches could obviously not believe that someone in Arabia would be able to observe such a procedure centuries ago. ...read more.

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Knowledge is information that we can believe in because we know it is true after justifying it through logic. Since it has already been mentioned that emotion and logic are two different issues it is therefore not possible for emotion to be a source of spiritual knowledge. If so, how can we justify discussing spiritual matters in public? Since I feel that emotion is not a source of spiritual knowledge the question remains irrelevant. Indeed it only further proves my point. If emotion was a source of spiritual knowledge then there would be many problems. For example, since people can have different emotions/instincts, they would discuss matters each through a different approach, henceforth resulting in chaos. Ali Rathore IB1 - DR ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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