Have you heard similar arguments?
“It takes more faith to be an atheist”
“atheist have faith”
Some theists seem REALLY wound up by the word faith and want to apply it to to atheists. It has got to be one of the sillier arguments I have heard, you don’t need to look very far for the uptick in this argument, just check out the Atheist/Atheism tags here on WordPress.
Honest, I don’t have an issue with the word, I probably use it from time to time. The difference is, I don’t use it as a replacement for “Trust” or “Confidence”. I just wonder about the bizarre fascination with it.
[Queue George Michael “Faith”]…or not
I recently replied to a blog that defined the word “Faith” to Hebrews 11.1 and I may not be using the exact quote but it was something along the lines of “Now faith is the substance (hupostasis) of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (King James) This blogger was adamant that this, the bible definition, was THE definition of “Faith”… I really have no issues with this definition, really, I don’t…. well, except for the part that states “evidence of things not seen”, I can have faith (<– see, I used the word!) that there is chocolate in a closed kitchen cabinet door… but that does not mean, because i have faith, that is evidence of the chocolate!
But wait, the New International Version says “Now faith is confidence (hupostasis) in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” and sure, I can see how faith is based on “Confidence” but it really doesn’t offer assurances that… the chocolate is behind that cabinet door.
Then I got to thinking, Hebrews 11.1 was originally written in Greek! What is the Etymology behind the word “Faith”? It is a 13th Century Middle English word (1)(2). How can the bible reference “Faith” if it wasn’t a word at the time Hebews was written? The sentence that refers to faith is actually the word “πίστις”. I don’t read Greek so I’m not sure what that means?!?! but thanks to a bible translator, the greek word is “Pistis” which translates to the following words: faith, belief, firm persuasion, assurance, firm conviction, faithfulness. I see the use of faith is prevalent here, since we know this word did not come about until the 13th century…. so I researched further!
It turns out, Pistis is the Greek Goddess and perhaps daughter of Zeus! She was the personified spirit (daimona) of trust, honesty and good faith. I’m being totally honest! Read Here! Judging by some of the pictures on Google, come on atheists! you got to have faith! I mean, Pistis!
You may have seen the word “hupostasis” also referenced above, ugh, don’t get me started on that, lol
I’ll cover some of the arguments on Atheist faith in another blog.