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Why is Faith and Logic incompatible?

  1. aka-dj profile image79
    aka-djposted 7 years ago

    It seems to come up so often, as if faith and logic were mortal enemies. Can you please explain why you see it that way? If you see the opposite, why?

    Quite frankly, I have NO problem with it. hmm

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      Leta Sposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      It isn't.  It's just there are more atheists/rationalists/agnostics on this forum that are 'logical.'

      Don't have time to lay out a big argument...but this is a fact.  (Some of those are NOT as logical as they think, either.)  However, that being said, I am tolerant and respectful all beliefs, unless they are very narrow minded or harmful.

    2. tantrum profile image61
      tantrumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Logic belives in the Tangible
      Faith in the Intangible

      1. aka-dj profile image79
        aka-djposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        True enough, but that doesn't cover all possibilties in life. Does it?

        1. tantrum profile image61
          tantrumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          No.
          But i'm not here to argue.
          It's a wonderful day, and life is great !!

          1. aka-dj profile image79
            aka-djposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Please don't takeme as argumentative, in the confrontational sense. I want to "understand" what the big deal is? As I said, my faith is perfectly logical to me, but not others. hmm

            1. tantrum profile image61
              tantrumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              I'm sure your Logic is idealistic ,then.
              Abstract Logic can't accept something that can't be proven to exist.

              Good that your faith is logical for you. just stick to it, and be happy 

              good day for everyone, including fanatic believers around here !! smile

              1. Flightkeeper profile image77
                Flightkeeperposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                Hi Tantrum, gotta go. Just wanted to say again that your new avatar looks fantastic.

              2. prettydarkhorse profile image63
                prettydarkhorseposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                pretty tantrum!

                faith is personal, it is sometimes clouded by emotions, but logic, you always separate your emotions from it, you use deductions, which is scientific

        2. Cagsil profile image60
          Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Actually, it does.

          Logic believe in the Tangible. Meaning, Reality is all knowable. Everything we can prove that exists is knowable.

          Faith in the intangible- covers everything outside of reality. The things are unknown or not real.

          I thought Tantrum did quite a good job at labeling in such short amount of words.

          And, I had to use so many, just to back up what she said. That's sad!

          1. aka-dj profile image79
            aka-djposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Just how is "intangible" NOT real?
            Time is intangible, but it's also real.
            Ageing is intangible, also real.
            Beauty, fear, love, hate, prejudice, intelligence...need I go on?

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      Scott.Lifeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      The real question would be if you have no problem with it, then why should it matter? If whatever an Atheist follows works for them in their life then why should any of us care?

      Does their unbelief in God, lessen or cheapen a believer's faith? It shouldn't and if it does, then the believer is the one with issues not the Atheist.

      Does your faith in God, in any way cheapen or lessen their quality or value of life? It shouldn't again if it does then the Atheist has some issues to deal with.

      Point being once again we are going into an issue on the forums meant to expose and highlight the differences between people, and set the boundaries of what makes them so, instead of exploring why this is such a good thing and beneficial to both.

      Atheist cause believers to examine their faith more closely and to evaluate its strength and meaning. I think in the examination of faiths limits, many Atheist are driven to explore the world ever further and to develop more answers to life's questions. Both drive the other on. Faith can be a tool to expand logic, and likewise logic faith.

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      thetruthhurts2009posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      It's a false front. Faith requires logic. When we see Creation it's only logical to assume there is a Creator now we must ask which Creator. I choose the God of the bible because He is where the evidence really leads. That is my logical conclusion. Great topic!

    5. getitrite profile image80
      getitriteposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I think it depends on what you have faith in.  I have faith that my car will start.  I have faith that I will not get sick.  But I don't have faith in the proposition that Jesus was God's son.  I don't have faith that Jesus rose from the dead.  I don't have faith that the Bible is the inspired word of God.  To me, it only makes sense to have faith in natural phenomena.  It seems to me that anything else is illogical.

      1. Evolution Guy profile image61
        Evolution Guyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        But having faith that your car will start is exactly the same as believing in the invisible super being. I mean - you do not absolutely know 100% it will start, and you do not have a time machine to have gone forward in time to make sure it did/will have/going to have started,  therefore it is logical to believe in the super being. I love it when they use the argument that just because you believe in one thing without 100% certainty, you should therefore believe in the invisible super being.

        And they do not seem to understand how funny that argument is. lol

        Or how illogical. wink

        1. getitrite profile image80
          getitriteposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Forgive them, because they know not what they are doing.  It's the effects of the delusion!

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      sandra rinckposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Maybe it is the principals of faith that don't mesh well with logic. 

      Faith is good when it doesn't hurt anyone else. wink

      I have a faith, not necessarily the same as you or anyone else.  I admit.  I do depend on something rather spiritual to get me through the emotionally tough times.  I admit, I depend on faith to give me a certain kind of courage.  The kind of courage that gets you to sing in front of an audience when your scare shiteless. lol

      But if it wasn't for logic, people would be jumping off buildings believing they wont get hurt (that or some heavy drugs), not sure what the difference is.

      So all in all, logic wins over faith.  If I only depended on faith, I would have died a long time ago.

    7. TimTurner profile image78
      TimTurnerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I think you need to define what faith you are referring to.  If you are referring to Christian's faith, then logic and Christianity cannot work together.

      If you use Buddhism and logic, it can definitely work together.

      Believing in an alien religion and logic, that can work together.

      Some religions can work with logic but some can't.

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        sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        You are just so smart sweetie!

    8. Paraglider profile image88
      Paragliderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Logic is a method. It is not the same thing as scientific method though it is a part of it. For example, logic can be used to test a hypothesis, but it cannot, of itself, source a hypothesis. (Because any hypothesis sourced by logic alone was already implied by the initial conditions).

      Logic can be used to check the consistency of a set of statements, but not their truth, except with reference to the axioms of the particular field (axioms which might have no absolute truth). For example logic can demonstrate that two different accounts of a miracle are inconsistent and cannot both be true. It cannot say that both are false.

      It is possible to build up a huge edifice of theological dogma which is entirely self consistent. Many of the 'divines' throughout history devoted their lives to this. But the fundamental 'axiom' that God exists is not strengthened in the process.

      You can't use logic to justify faith. You can use it to improve your building on the other side of the bridge of faith.

      Does that help?

    9. Don W profile image81
      Don Wposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      God belief is not formed on the basis of objective, verifiable evidence. It is formed on the basis of experience resulting from the interpretation of certain texts, religious rituals, other religious experience and reasoning. This type of belief without material evidence is what I think most people refer to when they talk about faith in a religious context.

      I think confusion arises when people refer to this type of belief as illogical in the sense of irrational as opposed to illogical in the sense of logically invalid. The former is the more common usage of the term. The latter a more formal and technical usage. Theistic beliefs can be illogical in the former sense, i.e. based on experience, emotion, personal feelings, intuition etc., but logical in the latter sense, i.e. logically valid and consistent. So I think it's a communication problem more than anything else.

  2. Hope Wilbanks profile image82
    Hope Wilbanksposted 7 years ago

    If you are referring to religious faith, it is probably because that kind of faith, by definition, means belief in a God that you've never seen physically. So for many, faith isn't logical, because if you can't see it, then how do you know it exists? (This is the kind of question those who think faith and logic don't mix...ask.) smile

    1. aka-dj profile image79
      aka-djposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      OK? But if you DO see something, then do you need faith "for it"?
      "I see a chair". Is that faith?

      1. Jerami profile image78
        Jeramiposted 7 years ago in reply to this

         
           Where the problem comes in is when we all see the chair and we all can not agree upon what we have seen.
           I see a chair, my grandchild may see a lunch table, someone else sees a step stool. Each will have faith in their own perception.

           By any other name a chair is still a chair. And I think that faith and logic are both sitting in that chair like kissing cousins.

      2. Hope Wilbanks profile image82
        Hope Wilbanksposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Faith is the substance of things *hoped for*, the evidence of things *not seen*. (Hebrews 11:1) So, no, seeing a chair isn't faith. If you see it, you know it's there. Faith is believing (or hoping) in that which you have NOT seen.

  3. Flightkeeper profile image77
    Flightkeeperposted 7 years ago

    I don't see the incompatibility.

    There are people, from what I have read here that have an animus against christians who are being intolerant when they tell people that they are sinners for not following God and if you are starting this thread for that reason then you deserve any recrimination that you get.

    And then there are some who are just plain bullies and haters of christians.  I'm not quite sure where that's coming from.  Maybe a mean nun stole and ate their Ho-hos when they were kids and it traumatized them, who knows? Anyway be prepared for their unpleasantness.

    Good luck.

    1. aka-dj profile image79
      aka-djposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for the warning.
      I have copped much over the months for my beliefs.
      I am actually asking those to whom you refer, since it is one of their arguments, or better said ridicules. I don't seek argument, but no doubt some will offer plenty of it.
      Time will tell. big_smile

    2. marinealways24 profile image61
      marinealways24posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Very Intelligent Response. Brilliant.

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    lynnechandlerposted 7 years ago

    I'm with flightkeeper on this one, I don't see the incompatibility.

    Your belief is your faith and your logic is the reasoning you use to support that belief.

    The problem comes in when two sides of the coin don't understand the others faith and logic and how they could come to those conclusions.

    1. aka-dj profile image79
      aka-djposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Boom Boom!
      I know I see their logic, and I'd be willing to bet they see mine. Trouble is, they vehemently argue against it.
      Ah well. K-Se-Ra-Se-Ra. An argument there will be....K-Se-Ra-Se-Ra.
      Sorry, I'm not a very good singer. lol lol lol

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    lynnechandlerposted 7 years ago
  6. PeterBoston profile image61
    PeterBostonposted 7 years ago

    I've never seen a quark - and neither has anybody else. Does that mean quarks do not exist?

    Belief in God is no greater an intellectual challenge than belief in the laws of physics.

    Logic reaches its limitations at the edge of the physical universe and is of little use when the subject of inquiry exists beyond the boundaries of space and time.

    1. Flightkeeper profile image77
      Flightkeeperposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Peter, I agree with you.  However there many people who prefer science over religion.  They associate logic with science and not with religion.  I think most, myself included, have not read a lot of papers written by christian philosophers which is why most people here think christians are crazy. Anyway they find it more acceptable to believe in a quark because scientists say it exists even though we've never seen it.

      Go figure.

      1. Evolution Guy profile image61
        Evolution Guyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Just because no one has seen your invisible super being - it must exist huh?

        See - this is where faith and logic collide.

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          sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Wow!

          1. Flightkeeper profile image77
            Flightkeeperposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            lol It is quite funny isn't it? Gotta go Sneak, and I'll see ya later.

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    Scott.Lifeposted 7 years ago

    The two aren't incompatible, and there comes a point where one stops and the other begins. If human beings had relied only on logic we never would have learned to fly, built the automobile, harnessed nuclear energy or went to the moon. All of these things were heralded by logical minds as impossible, but there are always those that believe despite what logic and reasoning say that anything is possible. Faith is not wishing, it's seeing something your mind believes is possible. There is nothing weak or insane in that. Despite what some of the bullies might say on the forums, faith is essential for human life and goes way beyond religion and belief but into every aspect of our potential and accomplishment as a species. It is what separates us from the plain and ordinary and allows us to do the extraordinary.

  8. Evolution Guy profile image61
    Evolution Guyposted 7 years ago

    Allow me to make a prediction.

    All the believers who have faith cannot understand why this is not logic.

    All the non believers do not understand how having faith in something is logical.

    And never the twain shall meet. And the religionist who started the thread is not looking for an answer - as usual he wants to try and persuade us non-believers that having blind faith in the invisible sky fairy is perfectly logical.

    Sadly, the definition of the word "logic" does not include a lack of reasoning. And yes, "I cannot imagine that there is not a god," is not reasoning. wink It is faith.

    Although - what is wrong with having faith exactly? I thought that was a requirement.

    1. aka-dj profile image79
      aka-djposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      NO, NOT allowed. I didn't ask for predictions, but explanations. Waiting!!!

      What exactly does THIS mean?
      So you do NOT use faith in your life for anything??? Curious!!

      1. Evolution Guy profile image61
        Evolution Guyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I use faith all the time. But I do not confuse it with logic.

        Perhaps it would be better if you gave me what you consider to be your definition of the word "logic" and then we can take it from there.

        1. aka-dj profile image79
          aka-djposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          So, your faith is also irrational, if you don't confuse it with logic. Or is your faith somehow logical?
          Please explain.

          1. Evolution Guy profile image61
            Evolution Guyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Some of it is and some of it is not.

            Perhaps it would help if you could define the words "logic" and "faith" as you seem to be using them in different way to what I understand them to mean.

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          sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Wow!

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      sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      How long did it take to draw that conclusion?

  9. Flightkeeper profile image77
    Flightkeeperposted 7 years ago

    And it begins!  I'm going to pop some popcorn now.

  10. tantrum profile image61
    tantrumposted 7 years ago

    @ flightkeeper
    thanks, you're a real friend smile

  11. tantrum profile image61
    tantrumposted 7 years ago

    @ pretty
    hi pretty!
    So true !
    Your words smile

  12. Jerami profile image78
    Jeramiposted 7 years ago

    You can not touch or see God.
       You can not touch or see a ray of light.

       You can see only see those things that light comes in contact with 
       You can not touch them; yet we are touched by them

       When we look for proof for the existence of logic using the same rules as is placed upon  proving the existence of God, the logical mind should ascertain that logic does not exist.
       Therefore FAITH in things is all that can be proven.
       I have faith that faith exists.

  13. kephrira profile image60
    kephriraposted 7 years ago

    Logic and faith are incompatible insofar as one overrides the other. So if you allow your faith to be informed by logic and also by observation of the world around you then there is clearly no incompatibility.
    But many people choose to allow their faith to override logic. So, for example, they might deny the science of evolution, which is the logical explanation of the world around us, in favour of their prior belief system. For these people logic and faith are incompatible.

  14. pylos26 profile image77
    pylos26posted 7 years ago

    Don’t know about faith but Christianity and logic are at odds.
    A Christian claiming to believe in logic reflects a blatant contradiction of ideals and thinking creating a status of hypocrite. For only a hypocrite can claim that a person (eve) actually held a two-way conversation with a snake and yet claims the status of being logical.

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      sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      What do you know you're a rat.

    2. aka-dj profile image79
      aka-djposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      And I'll bet you are likeall the rest of us who "talk to (or swear at) inanimate objects when they don't go the way you want them to.
      A better example of hypocrite might be, "yes I know smoking is bad for my health, but I do it anyway".

  15. pylos26 profile image77
    pylos26posted 7 years ago

    Sneako…

    Don’t remember ever meeting a Christian that did not seem a hypocrite…sorry if you

    think I’m a rat.

  16. pylos26 profile image77
    pylos26posted 7 years ago

    It seems that one of the definitions of hypocrite would be a christian.

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      sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I'd rather be a Christian hypocrite than a rodent!

  17. Flightkeeper profile image77
    Flightkeeperposted 7 years ago

    Oh another poster whose bigoted towards Christians...moving on.

    1. pylos26 profile image77
      pylos26posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Flightkeep...if one does not add seasoning to these boring threads they die.

  18. pylos26 profile image77
    pylos26posted 7 years ago

    Your eminence...please point out why my post does not make good sense to you.

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      sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      You only say that crap to start trouble. It makes sense if you're trying to start trouble.

  19. pylos26 profile image77
    pylos26posted 7 years ago

    We squirrels do gather an abundance of nuts.

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      sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      You do know I have a .22?

  20. pylos26 profile image77
    pylos26posted 7 years ago

    When i posted to "your eminence" i wasn't posting to you...sir.

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      sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Fine!

  21. Valerie F profile image60
    Valerie Fposted 7 years ago

    A literal interpretation of every passage of the Bible would be illogical, especially since not all of it is meant to be taken word-for-word literally.

    Thankfully, Biblical literalism is not a fundamental tenet of Christianity. Therefore illogical beliefs about two day conversations with a literal talking snake (and where did the Bible say the conversation took place over two days, anyway?) are not fundamental to Christianity.

    1. marinealways24 profile image61
      marinealways24posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Word for word = Logic

      Interpretation = Faith


      Do they not teach these things in college?

    2. pylos26 profile image77
      pylos26posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      What you are saying is that you are allowed to pick and choose what parts of your bible you wish to abide by...cool.

    3. pylos26 profile image77
      pylos26posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Valerie...i did't say two day conversation...i said two-way.

  22. livelonger profile image87
    livelongerposted 7 years ago

    Dogma, not religion itself, is at odds not only with logic, but with scientific reasoning as well.

    Not all religions are dogmatic, but most are. Those that require you to believe certain things have obviously closed themselves off from discovery that might conflict with their dogma.

    Speaking from my personal experience as a Jew, Judaism is not a dogmatic religion--it is a religion that focuses on deeds rather than beliefs. Beliefs are subject to truth, which is not a statement of faith but the result of an unfolding process of inquiry without an end.

  23. pylos26 profile image77
    pylos26posted 7 years ago

    Nope…your example of hypocrisy won’t fly…hypocrisy is more like preaching one thing and acting out the opposite…or similar.

  24. jimmyred profile image60
    jimmyredposted 7 years ago

    I think logic and faith are polar opposites. Logic explains things in black and white. Faith justifies things with beliefs.

    1. marinealways24 profile image61
      marinealways24posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I have to agree with you. Nice explanation. I think it is also safe to say that faith contradicts logic.

      1. Paraglider profile image88
        Paragliderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Jimmy & Marine - let's not confuse logic with scientific method, of which it is only a small part. Logic largely has to do with language and its usage, especially consistency of arguments and groups of statements. Logic and mathematics are also very closely related (see Russell & Whitehead). Faith is irrational rather than illogical. Faith contradicts reason - not quite the same thing. Logic treats 'God' and 'stone' identically, as nouns. Reason differentiates between them.

        1. marinealways24 profile image61
          marinealways24posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          If a sentence is logically correct, it should not contradict itself, correct? If the sentence contradicted itself, it could only be believed as logically correct through faith.

          Is this not right?

          1. Paraglider profile image88
            Paragliderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            This set of statements is logically consistent-
            God is an apple.
            Apples are red.
            Therefore God is red.

            This set is not -
            God is an apple.
            God is red.
            Therefore apples are red.

            Logic is a tool for that kind of analysis. But it is observation, not logic that tells us some apples are green.

            1. marinealways24 profile image61
              marinealways24posted 7 years ago in reply to this

              I thought logic was based on observation where faith is based on belief without observation.

              1. Paraglider profile image88
                Paragliderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                Faith is certainly belief without proof (or observation). Maybe I'm being pedantic, but science is about observation and reasoning, where logic is just one of the reasoning methods. Fundamentally we're not disagreeing, but you're maybe using logic in a more colloquial and less technical sense than I am.

                1. marinealways24 profile image61
                  marinealways24posted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  On the apple example. If no one told us apples are green and we had faith that they are only red as we were told, we would possibly deny logic that some apples are green when the logical observation challenges our previously taught faith. No?

                  1. Paraglider profile image88
                    Paragliderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                    Sure. I'm not denying any of that. My point is more about the difference between reason and logic. Reason can appeal to probability. Logic doesn't do that. Reason can talk about the properties of materials. Logic doesn't do that either. Reason deals with the world, logic with the words.

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                  sandra rinckposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  They say the Bible is proof of god.

                  They have faith that the Bible is the word of God.
                  They 'logically' reason that because the Bible is the word of God, then it must be true.


                  Correct me where my assumptions is wrong Para.

                  Faith came before logic.

                  ....

                  lack of logical reasoning comes from hindsight faith.

                  I was told it is the word of god.  I had faith that I would find god in the bible.  I found god in the bible.  The bible led me to the Jesus god.  I have faith in god. 

                  faith with the bible is illogical reasoning to those who possess faith in the bible and perhaps used to have faith in god but now have faith in the bible.

        2. Bibowen profile image90
          Bibowenposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Faith could be irrational but not necessarily so (if you mean by “irrational” that which opposes or is the opposite of rationality). It's better to say that faith is "nonrational." Someone conducting an investigation using the process of induction does not necessarily come to the opposite conclusion of the person that is exercising faith. They might arrive at the same conclusion.

          So, faith does not necessarily contradict reason. A person who is exercising faith can approach an investigation inductively. A person exercising reason at some point is using faith. There are some things that he has to "trust" while he’s employing reason.

  25. prettydarkhorse profile image63
    prettydarkhorseposted 7 years ago

    they say when logic ends faith begins, it means when you cant answer questions anymore, you will succumbed to faith, it is easier that way, YAY, you dont need to think, you just believe....hmmmm I believe I can fly...

 
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