a quick continuation from our conversation before the break.
Our last commenter said, "I thought faith was belief WITHOUT evidence. I thought that was the point."
That's exactly what I'm arguing against. I think the reason for this definition, particularly from those within the church, stems from a misunderstanding of the verse from Hebrews 11: 1, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."
First of all, whenever you read the English word "faith" in the New Testament, the original greek word is a form of the word "pistos", which really means trust.
And by "what we do not see", I do not believe this means trust in the physically invisible, but trust in things that have simply not yet come to pass.
So, rather than confidence in a promise from one who has proven themselves trustworthy, that verse could become a full rationalization for believing in any claimed supreme being/tooth fairy. I don't believe in the resurrection because I would like to believe in the resurrection. I believe in it because I am convinced it occurred.