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Confusion of knowledge and faith

April 26, 2013
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

Once again we are confronted with the silly discussion between creation theory and the theory of natural evolution.

I consider it a silly discussion because it always reflects a confusion of knowledge and faith. Knowledge is one thing that may or may not lead to what might be called a truth. Faith is to believe what cannot be known rationally. Both are valid intellections, meaning to believe in something and to claim knowledge both derive from the mind. Some philosophers would claim that faith is accompanied by emotion or passion while knowledge is not and presumably is therefore more reliable.

However, in both cases some emotion is involved, and seems to always result in accusations such as those expressed in The Daily Mining Gazette recently. Here it was claimed that the United States has been "Sovietized."

The problem with such silly claims is that it appears to speak from a position of knowledge, but that is of course not true. On the other hand, some defenders of the theory of evolution reject the notion of a God which is just as silly an argument inasmuch as it too confuses knowledge and faith.

As the Danish (Christian) philosopher, Sren Kierkegaard suggests, knowledge is a rejection of faith if it makes claims about God, and, on the other hand, faith can make no claims of knowledge. He had faith and he knew how to differentiate it from knowledge.

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I could wish believers would believe in their faith without having to make knowledge claims, and evolutionists have faith in the knowledge they have established without making knowledge claims about God. Science can never prove a truth and neither can believers. That is the whole point of faith.

ELSEBET JEGSTRUP, PhD.

Copper Harbor

 
 

 

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