Creationism and other doctrines. Was Mindforth

Bernd Paysan bernd.paysan at gmx.de
Sun Jan 5 14:48:03 EST 2003


Jerry Avins wrote:
>> Belief, IS, and MEANS choosing what you hold as true without yielding
>> to reason. That's what it means, it has no other meaning. I  ...
> 
> That's just what you believe it means. A dictionary will enlighten you.

A. S. Hornby splits this up in two parts, which bog down to

a) confidence
b) faith

Since my German-Chinese dictionary lists a whole 6 Chinese words (which all 
mean something at least slightly different), that can't be the whole story 
;-). However, "belief" in the context of religion definitely is (b), faith.

Natural languages are inherently inaccurate, and words have multiple 
meanings (the colloquial "I believe" is rather the contrary of the 
religious "I believe", since the former expresses mild confidence, easily 
overthrown by better arguments, while the latter expresses support of 
dogmas).

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Bernd Paysan
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