Originally posted by Thequ1ck
Thanks Twitehead, that makes some kind of sense in a weird way.
So it could be said that a new Christian requires 'faith' before he/she
is indoctrined into Christianity? Otherwise their faith is based on the word
of scripture and/or the faith of others, which is not true faith.
How often does this happen I wonder.
What is that emotion called when somebody has faith without knowledge
A significant proportion of Christians - or infact members of any religion - are the children of parents who are members of that religion. They start by believing what their parents tell them which in the case of Christians often includes the claim that the Bible is to be trusted at least in part. Only as the child grows older does he/she begin to question such things.
I think that for those who become Christian later in life (as well as when children grow up and start to question their parents) there is always far more important reasons for their belief than claims made by the Bible.
I can list a few, but they are hardly exhaustive:
1. Emotional experiences - especially when praying either alone or in groups. These experiences must not be underestimated and have a profound impact on a lot of people.
2. Desire to find meaning in life.
3. Pascals wager or doomsday paranoia as I like to call it. The mistaken belief that if something might be true and the consequences of not believing it or preparing for it are extreme even if the chance of it being true is minuscule then the best bet is to bet on it being true. It is enhanced by the (again mistaken) belief that the consequences of believing it even when it is not true are insignificant.
What is that emotion called when somebody has faith without knowledge of religion?
The vast majority of theists have a remarkable lack of theological knowledge. In fact I often find that although they claim to believe a vast array of things that is stated in their religion or by their church leaders, they are actually agnostic on a lot of issues - even seemingly very important ones.
Also there is remarkable ignorance about the origin of the Bible and events surrounding it. You would probably be shocked to find out how many people believe that the Bible was written by King James himself and all other copies are 'fakes'.