Faith

  • The Ominous Parallels: The End of Freedom in America
    “Faith” designates blind acceptance of a certain ideational content, acceptance induced by feeling in the absence of evidence or proof.
  • For the New Intellectual
    Do not say that you’re afraid to trust your mind because you know so little. Are you safer in surrendering to mystics and discarding the little that you know? Live and act within the limit of your knowledge and keep expanding it to the limit of your life. Redeem your mind from the hockshops of authority. Accept the fact that you are not omniscient, but playing a zombie will not give you omniscience—that your mind is fallible, but becoming mindless will not make you infallible — that an error made on your own is safer than ten truths accepted on faith, because the first leaves you the means to correct it, but the second destroys your capacity to distinguish truth from error.
  • For the New Intellectual
    The alleged short-cut to knowledge, which is faith, is only a short-circuit destroying the mind.
  • For the New Intellectual
    Faith in the supernatural begins as faith in the superiority of others.
  • Philosophy: Who Needs It

    Faith and force . . . are corollaries: every period of history dominated by mysticism, was a period of statism, of dictatorship, of tyranny.