A Critical Appraisal in the Light of Christian Faith
Chapter 1: Religious Concept, Faith, Belief and Tradition
In this chapter, we shall explore in-depth what religion and religious concepts are. We shall also examine the concept of faith and belief and their relationship. So many authors have used the words faith and belief interchangeably in their works, but this work will throw more insight into what faith and belief are, and which precedes the other. In differentiating faith from belief, Frederick Tennant writes: “Belief is more or less constrained by the fact or actuality that already is or will be, independently of any contriving of ours and which convinces us. Faith, on the other hand, reaches beyond the actual or to the given to the ideally possible, which in the first instance it creates… faith may similarly lead to knowledge of actuality”.1 These differences become a window through which we see the slight cut difference between faith and belief. They cannot exist on themselves; rather on religion and other disciplines. People practice them and use them as a way of life, a way of living and a way of worship. They are nursed and nurtured in religion by reason, superstitions and myths. Religion is the soul of the society and it plays a vital role in shaping the ways of life of the people and contributing to the advancement of the society.2 Religion cannot exist without rites and rituals and they are meaningful only in the society where the religion is practiced.
1.1 The Concept of Religion
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