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Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of using faith as a basis for knowledge in religion and in one area of knowledge from the ToK diagram.
In this essay I will be investigating the strengths and weaknesses of using faith as a basis of knowledge in religion and natural sciences. Faith is defined as strong belief in a theory or a doctrine which does not rest on material proof or evidence. The ways of knowing involved in religion are conveyed by emotion and individual perception. On the other hand, knowledge in natural sciences is based mainly on facts which stem from logic and reason. Faith in natural sciences is more common due to the fact scientific theories can be fully proven unlike religious theories. Religion is the belief and worship of a supernatural power: for a person to develop a strong faith in a religion they must rely on their instincts and ignore reasoning. To be religious, one needs to take the leap of faith which is initiated by sense perception and use of emotion. Religion cannot be rationalized or completely proven although those who have faith do not need further proof. According to Hebrews 11:1 in the Bible, "Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."1 Faith in a religion has great positive effects on believers, many people feel lost in life and in my personal experience as a knower, having my religion gives me a sense of direction and purpose of existence. Having religious faith can encourage people to be stronger during hard times because they feel as though they are not alone, Isaiah 41 :13 in the Bible says, "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God," these are words of comfort. Using prominent and moving language, religious passages appeal to emotions. An inspiring story of a case where someone believes to have been healed by their God is one of Riaann Van Jaarsveld who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2007, he refused to take any...
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