Analyse the Strengths and Weaknesses of Using Faith as a Basis for Knowledge in Religion and in One Area of Knowledge

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8. Analyse the strengths and weaknesses of using faith as a basis for knowledge in religion and in one area of knowledge from the TOK diagram. ------------------------------------------------- Knowledge Issue: To what extent is faith a justifiable basis for knowledge, in religion and another Area of Knowledge – natural science. Knowledge is often described as justified true belief. This indicates that a belief can be called knowledge if it has undergone sufficient justification. Whereas, faith, in my opinion, can be defined as a form of belief that does not demand evidence or proof. In our daily lives, we unconsciously use faith as our foundation for knowledge by believing a claim or belief, either from what we read or from what other people have explained to us. For example, I have a belief that whatever the teachers in school teach is true and this is hence a form of faith that I have in my teachers’ teaching. This demonstrates that faith serves as basis for our knowledge so that we may continue to construct and expand our knowledge i.e. the second-hand knowledge using other Ways of Knowing, namely reason and perception. In this essay, I will evaluate to what extent faith is a justifiable basis for knowledge, in religion and another Area of Knowledge – natural science. In my opinion, I believe that faith is a justifiable, legitimate basis for knowledge not only in religion but also in natural science. Let knowledge be a cosmic and complex structure, faith is the base for this structure for it provides fundamental assumptions and without these assumptions, the structure of knowledge will disintegrate. In the first Area of Knowledge religion, faith does play a pivotal role. Faith is an essential element that is mostly inseparable from the religion. An organized religion usually consists of a person’s relationship to that which they regard as holy, sacred,
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