Francis Pedraza
Aug 15 · 2 min read

Yes, I think there is an important distinction in my own use of the words, my semantics. Belief is having high confidence in your opinion on knowledge about something. So you can do a ton of market research and have belief in your market thesis. But faith is different. Faith is a situation that arises when you CANNOT know, either way. I cannot know that God exists. I ALSO cannot know that he doesn’t exist. Any opinions either way are not grounded in evidence, in the same way that market research would be. So instead, I have to resort to ontology: What do I wish were true? Voltaire, an atheist like you, said: “If God didn’t exist, we must invent him.” There’s a line in philosophy from Plato to St. Anselm to Voltaire… Certain ideas: Justice, Beauty, Goodness, Truth… are like numbers: nobody has ever seen the number 1, but the concept is so demonstratively powerful that we cannot stop seeing them, and when we indulge in the “productive superstition” we see positive effects. Anselm defined God as “that which nothing greater can be conceived” and by that definition alone, argued that he must exist (for it is better to exist than not exist). Critics believe this is a flagrant tautology. But I think there is something deeper. Kierkegaard said you cannot move BEYOND faith. You have a mustard seed of faith. Not more. Not less. You cannot know that God exist. You cannot know that he doesn’t. But you ACT AS IF he does, because, even if he doesn’t, you are SO IN LOVE with the concept, you are LOYAL to it; in the same way that someone may be loyal to the concept of Justice without necessarily knowing that there is some Eternal Force called Justice. Could say much more. That mustard seed, that little Idea of Justice inside of you… that can move mountains.

Will leave it at that.

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