Is faith really a virtue?

Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, frequently defines faith as “Belief without evidence”, which is one of the definitions according to Merriam-Webster (“firm belief in something for which there is no proof”). This is also how the Bible defines faith. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Later versions re-translated “evidence” to “conviction”; apparently the idea of evidence that cannot be seen seems sketchy even to the devout.)

“Faith is a virtue,” the saying says—but should it be considered as such?

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