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Faith and Knowledge, Religion and Science: an Essay

Analyse the strength and weaknesses of using faith as a basis for Knowledge in Religion and the Natural sciences

In answering this question it is important to first define the terms ‘Knowledge’, ‘faith’ and ‘religion’. Knowledge has been defined as justified true belief by Plato[1], where a belief that is true and can be justified towards being true can become knowledge, implying that knowledge both incorporates belief and the truth. Some philosophers[2], rely on the method of hyperbolic doubt or scepticism, to test how grounded in reason knowledge is and to discern judgements on statements whose truth can in anyway be doubted[3]. Thus Decartes arrived at ‘Cogito ergo sum’, and also at the existence of God[4]. Faith has often been defined as the absence of doubt; one could indeed argue that faith is the belief and implicit trust in someone or something without concise proof.

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