Faith is having firm enough confidence, trust, or belief in a person, entity, organization, or idea to reasonably overcome any doubt or argument made against it. Usually there is some foundational evidence for faith, whether through personal experience or logical reasoning, but some promise or expectation is left without proof. Because much harm has been carried out in the name of religious faith, it has come under criticism as a virtue. However, faith in something seems to be an important and powerful part of the human experience: strongly held faith—whether religious or secular—has continually proven to be one of the most powerful sustainers of individuals and communities through traumatic and overwhelming times.
Faith is a thorny subject these days. Its negative expressions cause many to dismiss it out of hand—but Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel urges us to reconsider, for faith is really nothing but our natural proclivity to find certainty in a world where certainty is hard to come by.
A thought-provoking, original appraisal of the meaning of religion by the host of public radio's On Being Krista Tippett, widely becoming known as the Bill Moyers of radio, is one of the country's most intelligent and insightful commentators on religion, ethics, and the human spirit.