Well, faith comes in many forms as the world is not
logical or reasonable at all, but is rather understood through a dual perception: that from
within and that outside of you, both of which are formed by the society itself. Some people have absolute
faith in whatever Science discovers
and says, now I am not bad-mouthing science, but being critical of those who accept anything science says without any personal research on the subject
matter. Take for instance, the missing link. Many scientists were actually skeptical of the whole thing as I was because it seemed so gimmicky and
so unlike what a true scientific discovery is, but I digress.
Faith in matters of religion and spirituality. Atheism is a faith in the absolute denial of any possibility that there could be a deity. There is no
certainty and no evidence that you can point to that specifically
disproves deities, or the spiritual world. And that is the contradiction -
that atheists who wave their intellect is in the air decidedly say they need no evidence to even deny the possibility
of the unknown. On the
other hand, there is no certainty as to whether there is or are deities. And these come with several contradictions. So you have faith in one or the
other and faith is not based on reason, but irrationality. It is irrational to believe either way but you do anyway.
"The retarding nature of faith."
That is pure stupidity and goes against your endorsement of intellectualism because you have not really
considered all possibilities. And it is obvious you have not studied anything of the sort. You are simply saying faith is a blindfold but you do not
understand that that blindfolds comes in many instances. What about faith in love? Faith that your partner will always be there for you, stand up
for you. Faith is the blindfold we all put on our eyes in some form or another.
"Religion as a weakness" - again, you are presuming without any real research outside of the negative aspects you want to point out. Religion is
very healthy for some people who need spiritual guidance or spirituality to help them emotionally and mentally. The institutions of religion may be
evil but who is to say the academic institutions aren't? Did you know that whenever Monsanto wants to get something by that is dangerous to humans -
they pay off the scientists and universities in order to get positive back up of their products? And you are putting your faith in those universities
as a belief in their honorable duty to their integrity but nope, almost any academia can be bought but I digress.
Religion is no different than any other form in society that cultivate our beliefs and how we see the world. Look at the U.S. government, for
instance, it is pro-Israel so any real news about the Islamic world, you may have to go to an alternative, legitimate source. Not only that but guess
what? The Palestinians and the Jews actually do get along, despite their differences. It is the Israeli government and the "terrorist" groups that
keep them divided. My point is that you criticize religion but not any other aspects of society that keeps people divided.
"Faith has a legacy of anti-intellectualism" You might want to tell that to the Muslims who were responsible for translating the Greek and Roman
texts and keeping them when they were neglected by the Europe, and also the many other things that we have to be grateful for the Islamic world
brought to us such as hospitals, consistently bathing (Europeans did not bathe that often), etc. You have done no factual research on religion on
your own and not what you have been told. This is simply a rant. And it is precisely you contradicting yourself in that you criticize faith and
promote intellectualism but without understanding fully what you are criticizing, you are being hypocritical.
And you say that religion keep its leader wealthy. Of course, religion at that level is a product to be sold, but so anything else at that national
level. Do we not live in a society that tells us to buy, buy, buy, to consume and not to save, but to save by buying? Anyway, bad religious leaders
do not mean the people themselves below are not truthful or decent or honestly believe in their faith.
Lastly, by even denying faith and denouncing religion and spirituality as "retarding" you are actually putting faith in that you are right because
you have no certainty nor proof. Nice rant though.