If the Opposite of Faith is Not Science, What is It?

Is it just me, or is there a pervasive idea that faith and science (or reason) are opposites?

I find that extremely odd, though. I’m a person of faith. And I’m also a person of science. And, I should hope, of reason. And I am definitely a sceptic.

I don’t feel any significant conflict in all of that. And although I can see why people portray the two as mutually exclusive, I consider that a false dichotomy. (Not to mention that it’s slightly irritating when people uncritically assume that the mere fact that one is a person of faith says something about one’s IQ.)

The apparent conflict has always been there among people of both camps, but I’m seeing a lot more of it of late.

So over the next few posts (and in between other posts, I expect), I’ll be exploring questions surrounding the subject of faith, reason and scepticism, and how we know what we know. The implications, I assure you, will prove intensely practical.

But to kick things off, here’s a thought.

The opposite of faith is not reason, or science, or even (as I understand it) scepticism or doubt.

I believe the opposite of faith is unbelief.

Do you agree? Why or why not?

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3 thoughts on “If the Opposite of Faith is Not Science, What is It?

  1. Lovely article ‘Hunter! I think when people say the opposite of faith is reason, they are simply alluding to their ignorance. Real faith must be based on truth-whether an absolute one/an evolving one. And truth is always demonstrable & verifyable-if u know what to look for. So faith in the aforementioned context would be the willingness to believe in something you cannot objectively verify-possibly because someone ”trustworthy”-who may just be as misguided-told you so.


    • Thank you, Akin! I agree with you about truth being demonstrable and faith being based on truth that isn’t objectively verifiable. In fact, the very idea that all truth must be objectively verifiable is probably flawed. (I think there’s a blog post in there somewhere.) 🙂


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