19th March 2012

“Faith is the equation of feeling with knowledge.”

Ayn Rand1905 – 1982

12 Responses to “19th March 2012”

  1. R J Says:

    this quote is meaningless .

  2. J M Says:

    A disgrace to non-believers…

  3. S Y Says:

    Most of the time, however, faith is the equation of pride and ignorance.

  4. holysmokes Says:

    I suspect that this quote is mistyped.

  5. Capt'Z Says:

    Any Rand – demonstration that even a stopped watch is right twice a day.

  6. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Some of the rest of the quote:

    “… To practice the “virtue” of faith, one must be willing to suspend one’s sight and one’s judgment; one must be willing to live with the unintelligible, with that which cannot be conceptualized or integrated into the rest of one’s knowledge, and to induce a trance like illusion of understanding. One must be willing to repress one’s critical faculty and hold it as one’s guilt; one must be willing to drown any questions that rise in protest—to strangle any trust of reason convulsively seeking to assert its proper function as the protector of one’s life and cognitive integrity.”

    ~ Ayn Rand could hit a nail on the head like few others.

    The tiny clipping above of Rand’s quote delivers none of its context.

  7. R J Says:

    thank you sinjin

  8. Xhim Says:

    The only odd thing about her quote is that what the Bible refers to as faith has absolutely nothing to do with feelings.

  9. R J Says:

    XHIM……………….. at 2324

    so, what’s the bible say ??

  10. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Leave it to xhim to play the literalism card? Dude I don’t think you are so daft as to miss Ayn Rand’s point? Bone of contention I grant you, just being dumb I’d expect more.

  11. Xhim Says:

    Ms Rand may be expressing her disdain for religion with such a comment, and doesn’t intend to actually be addressing what faith means for the faithful. The NT word (Greek) that in its various forms is translated faith, believe in, etc. means to entrust onesself, to “place you life in (someone’s or something’s) hands.” In John 2:23-25 [Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.] the phrase “entrust himself to them” uses the same words that are otherwise translated “believe in.”
    Now, non-believers will find plenty to fault in that definition as well. But to call faith essentially a matter of feeling is inaccurate. Trust is sometimes a loggerheads with feeling.

  12. Dan Says:

    Xhim,
    That may all be true, and I’m sure it is – but practically speaking, faith is the conviction of or in something regardless of any evidence. As such, faith is certainty in something, passionately, based upon a feeling. Saying that faith involves an element of evidential reason is a contradiction in terms.

    “Trust is sometimes a loggerheads with feeling.”

    Nonsense. Trust is never in disagreement with feeling. I think that you’re referring to decisions or actions being made in disagreement with what one trusts or feels.