Friday, July 30, 2010
More Health for the Care, continued
Knowledge, beliefs and faith are a triad of human existence and relations between them are complex. Beliefs do not have to be true or rational and they might not respond to knowledge which itself might change with new information. Terry Eagleton observed that "faith is not primarily a belief that something exists, but a commitment and allegiance - faith in something that might make a difference to the frightful situation in which you find yourself." (Terry Eagleton, Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2009) Because knowledge is limited and the unknown vast, human behavior is based substantially upon beliefs and faith.