Analyze the Strengths and Weaknesses of Faith as a Basis for Knowledge in Religion and in One Area of Knowledge from the Tok Diagram.

Topics: Religion, Philosophy, Belief Pages: 4 (1565 words) Published: January 24, 2013
Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of faith as a basis for knowledge in religion and in one area of knowledge from the TOK diagram. It is said, “When you have come to the edge of all light that you know and are about to drop off into the darkness Of the unknown, Faith is knowing One of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on or You will be taught to fly.” For as long as man has been known to exist, there has been a development of belief systems formed to explain unknown concepts, explain emotion and reason, deliver purpose, and/or promote happiness. Over time, the belief systems have been constructed into organized religions around the world, which about 85.5% follow. With these belief systems comes the aspect of faith. In this day and age, faith has adopted a variety of meanings and connotations; however, our understanding of faith can be defined as a determined and strong belief/trust, often without proof or evidence. Faith as a whole requires a great amount of emotional and logical proof confidence; I will be exploring the ways in which faith as a basis of knowledge in religion is derived, in addition to extending this exploration into the role of language and sense perception in faith. Thus, I will also be paralleling the role of human sciences, (i.e. psychology and philosophy) as an area of knowledge. As a result, the several weaknesses and strengths of faith will be identified in this analysis. Many modern individuals, isolated from the depth of religion, have come to the false conclusion that faith is the belief in a certain individual or identified entity. However, they have overlooked the main foundation of many religions around the world. With Christianity, the main belief is faith in God and the claim that Jesus is the son of God sent from Heaven to salvage those who believe in Him. Hindus and various other eastern religions believe in dharma, the universal truth and harmonic law of nature and the inner and outer world of...
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