Once we understand what it is we are discussing, how can we discover if it’s true? Are there any ways to discriminate between truth and non-truth?
The Scientific Method is one possible way. The Scientific Method, is, of course, mostly just a fancy way of saying that we are looking at and analyzing evidence, to find the conclusions supported by this evidence.
Faith has been proposed as another way to find truth.
I’ve heard it said that there are many paths to truth, and faith is one. Or that faith is a different path to knowing. What exactly is faith? And how does it differ from the scientific method in discriminating truth from non-truth?
The word Faith has many definitions. It has come to have subtle secondary meanings such as trust and hope, but what does faith mean apart from these other well defined terms.
The primary definition of Faith, is believing that something is true. Period. Faith requires no proof. It is a personal decision.
The problem with this, is that if we are trying to discriminate between truth and non-truth, and the method you’re using determines truth by simply stating something is believed to be true, then anything can be determined to be true, simply by asserting that it is. This is literally saying “Because I say so”.
This seems obviously inadequate.
This leaves me, with the scientific method, as the only method for differentiating truth from non-truth. Is there any other way?