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To what extent is faith a legitimate basis for knowledge claims, in religion and different Areas of Knowledge? For many centuries, the debates about religious beliefs and knowledge claims have a bitter conflict amongst many people

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Jerich Cyrus Sto. Tomas T.O.K. Essay Word Count: 1236 Some people say that religious beliefs can be neither justified nor refuted by reason. However, while sometimes this claim is used as a reason for rejecting religious beliefs, at other times it is used to conclude that these beliefs are established by faith. To what extent is faith a legitimate basis for knowledge claims, in religion and different Areas of Knowledge? For many centuries, the debates about religious beliefs and knowledge claims have a bitter conflict amongst many people. It has been a battle yet to be won by even the brightest people in the universe. The Catholic bible states that God created the universe out of nothing which is further explained in Creationism1. But this is greatly contradicted by the fundamental laws of physics which states that matter cannot be created out of nothing. Furthermore, in Buddhism, reincarnation2 is a major conviction for Buddhists but most people ask where the empirical evidence of going back as another form of being is. Millions of people ask if there's a God; if there was none, how can someone explain the beauty of the ocean, the mountains and the sunset. ...read more.

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For example, I cannot simply say that I have faith in God. In this case, my faith is blind because I have no reference of why I trust God. Knowledge simply puts the pieces together in order to understand and build the fundamentals of faith. Thus, knowledge claims and faith are intertwined in a way. Faith is the obscured way of knowing while knowledge is partly evidence of showing faith. Faith is a magnificent basis for religion. There are some things that people cannot explain in religion through the use of knowledge. Most religions contain Gods and different types of beliefs that have no evidence. For example, in Buddhism, it is believed that nirvana can be achieved through deep meditation. How do we know if we have already achieved nirvana? What proof do we hold in order to support this religious claim? Thus, faith or strong religious conviction is the only way of accepting our religious beliefs. If we have faith, then we are accountable to a higher truth. Faith is probably the most important basis of our religion. If a person cannot accept that his/her God exists even with no back up evidence then he/she has no right to religion. ...read more.

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Thus, faith is not a legitimate basis for these knowledge areas. In conclusion, faith is a legitimate basis for knowledge claims and in different religions but it has partly became irrelevant to different areas of knowledge particularly Science. Faith is the most powerful tool to support knowledge claims. We cannot claim that we know something without having faith that we truly believe of what we know. On the other hand, faith serves as a back bone to religion because without faith, we can never believe in God(s) or religion itself in the first place. Although faith serves as a unique or higher way of knowing, sometimes we do not need to generate faith in order to know. In the field of Science, discoveries about matters turn up to be accidents. Experiments are made to test a hypothesis. It can either contradict or accept the hypothesis. In this case, we do not need faith to back up what we have discovered. Thus, faith serves as a unique basis of knowing in religion and other knowledge claims. 1 Creationism is basically part of Genesis in the Old Testament of the Catholic Bible 2 Going back to life as another form after death 3 all-powerful 4 all-knowing 5 A wealthy philosopher of Athens, Greece who founded the Academy ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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