Faith is a belief in the trustworthiness of an idea. Formal usage of the word "faith" is usually reserved for concepts of religion, as in theology, where it almost universally refers to a trusting belief in a transcendent reality, or else in a Supreme Being and said being's role in the order of transcendent, spiritual things.

Informal usage of the word "faith" can be quite broad, and may be used standardly in place of either as "trust," "belief," or "hope". For example, the word "faith" can refer to a religion itself or to religion in general.

There exists a wide spectrum of opinion with respect to the epistemological validity of faith. On one extreme is logical positivism, which denies the validity of any beliefs held by faith; on the other extreme is fideism, which holds that true belief can only arise from faith, because reason and evidence cannot lead to truth. Some foundationalists, such as St. Augustine of Hippo and Alvin Plantinga, hold that all of our beliefs rest ultimately on beliefs accepted by faith. Others, such as C. S. Lewis, hold that faith is merely the virtue by which we hold to our reasoned ideas, despite moods to the contrary.

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia © 2001-2006 Wikipedia Contributors (Disclaimer)
This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.

Author's Bio: 

This definition is part of a series that covers the topic of Faith. The Official Guide to Faith is Janet Daughtry. To know Janet is to know someone who is passionate about people and their self-discovery. For over 25 years, she has had the distinct privilege to speak into people’s lives. Whether, pastoring, teaching, speaking at seminars or life coaching, she has loved encouraging folks to be all they can be for God’s purpose in the earth. Her heartbeat is for people to believe in themselves, to dream, discover and pursue their God given dreams and destinies.

Additional Resources on Faith can be found at:

Website Directory for Faith
Articles on Faith
Products for Faith
Discussion Board
Janet Daughtry, the Official Guide to Faith