Let’s rotate the concept of faith, looking at it from various sides.
“Faith is verification by the heart.”
“Faith is the beast.”
— A. C. Swinburne
“Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.”
As with so many things, a key to clearer understanding is found in the relation of words and meanings. Most do not think much about it, but consciousness of this relation is of major importance. The essence of the word/meaning relation is this: Meanings are in people, not in words. Words are like arrows pointing to something, and often we wrongly assume that we know what that something is and whether it’s a real thing or not. In this, we often have a false and egotistic “faith” in our own ability to understand what is in the minds and hearts of people. Certainly the surface of religion and “faith” is a tragedy of the first magnitude. Yet, everything has hidden facets. So, in the deeper sense, faith may be visualized as knowledge that is half in shadow and half in light.
We are here in a spiral, in the arm of one of many galaxies, in the flow of galaxies without number, here in the Infinite… We are here in small houses, countless buildings of a small humanity; our humanity that, through bad faith and bounded histories has hidden itself from the slow and luminous transmutation that must lead us from dim faith to radiant knowledge.