What does it mean to have faith?
 
For me, when I was a believer, faith is accepting something as true without ever looking for evidence.

Once I looked for evidence and found none, I changed my mind.

Now, instead of faith, I would say that I have:
1. reasonable expectations of the way things are;
2. that are based on evidence, and;
3. reliable repetition of results (ie: trust that has been earned rather than given without thought);
4. all of which is granted tentatively (as it may prove to be incorrect in the future).

For me, the last dot point is the most important.

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Comment by Loren Miller on September 16, 2013 at 8:52pm

Faith, insofar as I'm concerned, is belief in or subscription to a concept, proposal, doctrine or dogma which has no demonstrable corroboration or mechanism for verification.  It is belief on someone else's say so, with no form of objective substantiation.  There's is a phrase out there which is quite apropos to such belief: 

The opposite of Skeptical is Gullible.

'Nuff said.

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