Conventional Logic vs Faith


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  1. logic
  2. faith
  3. william james
  4. will to believe

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Seth says
M 2008-12-01 11:33:01 10994
seth 2008-12-01 10:34:51 10994
choy 2008-12-01 10:20:52 10994
P.S. There's no logic in religion
apparently not.
Nobody said there ever was! There isn't much in politics either.
Actually there may be a reason, if not logic, to religion, though it is not the implication drawn in the cartoon.  It would go more like this: (1) there are things that we cannot know (2) some of those things we must act upon regardless of our lack of knowledge (3) on those matters it is better to act as if we believed in optimistic outcomes rather than pessimistic outcomes - see William James "The Will To Believe" for a more eloquent explanation of this "reasoning".

Seth says
M 2008-12-04 06:06:40 10994
M 2008-12-04 06:03:13 10994
Basically you have described a rationalization process there, but I wouldn't call that logic.

The Wikipedia defines rationalization as
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  • Rationalization (psychology), the process of constructing a logical justification for a decision that was originally arrived at through a different mental process

  • ...

    Yes, like i said, it a reason or a rationalization (same thing) - no, it is not logic with a capital L and as such would not pass ISO standards.  I did, however, find it a persuasive argument for Faith, especially when rebutting the kind of argument against faith presented in the cartoon. True Faith tends to be more of an action than a rationalization ... for example i have the Faith to do such and such.

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