Analyse the Strengths and Weaknesses of Using Faith as a Basis for Knowledge in Religion and in One Other Area of Knowledge from the Tok Diagram.

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Religion and the natural sciences are both considered contrasting areas of knowledge since one believes in the existence of a superhuman power while the other believes in logic. This essay will demonstrate how the way of knowing of faith can be used as a basis for knowledge in two distinct areas of knowledge by discussing its strengths and weaknesses. Faith itself is most commonly defined as having a strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof , and religion, as a particular system of faith and worship . These definitions already overlap each other which may suggest that it is much more appropriate to use faith as a basis for knowledge in religion than in the natural sciences. A strength of having faith in a religion is that it provides guidance and a sense of direction into becoming a respectable member of society. Personally, as a follower of Hinduism I strongly feel that it has granted me guidance and the purpose of existence. Each religion encourages good deeds, usually made evident in their Holy Books. To name a few, for the Christians, Romans 12:21 in the Bible say “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” and John 3:20 says “For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed” . For Hindus, the Bhagavad Gita states “No one who does good work will ever come to a bad end, either here or in the world to come”. Lastly, for the Muslims, their Holy Qur’an mentions in Chapter 16, verse 97 “Whoever works righteousness, man or woman, and has faith, verily, to them will We give a new Life, a life that is good and pure, and We will bestow on such their reward according to the best of their actions." However, some teachings in these religious books are controversial. For instance the Holy Qur’an encourages some acts which have
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