One argument from the religious is that a world without religion would be a world without faith. And without faith, we become weak. But I want to ask the alternative, can you imagine what the world would be like if we had faith in everything? I think it would be a very scary place to live.
First off, let’s define faith. Essentially, it’s a belief in something that can not be proven. Acceptance without sufficient evidence. The word faith can be applied to many different things, but in America it has a huge religious implication. When I hear faith the first thing I think of is religion and I’m sure it’s the same with many other people.
What good comes out of belief without evidence? The things I believe are grounded by logic and reason. There is nothing we can really know with absolute certainty, but we can be fairly certain about many things. I believe in gravity because everytime I let go of a ball it drops to the ground. There is a very good reason to believe in gravity.
If everything were based on faith, we would have no understanding of our world. Everything would be worded as “well let’s do this and hope it works!” or “I think this will be good!” It’s nonsensical and idiotic. We need reasons for everything. We need to know how and why things are the way they are. This is how we understand them. And once we understand, we can increase our knowledge and share it with the rest of the world. When we just embrace faith we are basically saying saying that we don’t care to know or understand, we just want to believe. This is dangerous.
Knowledge would be nonexistent in a faith based world. People would make many claims and there would be no way to back them up. It’s common knowledge today that water freezes at 32