Faith vs Belief
Humorist Philip Lloyd writes regarding some of the laughable beliefs from mankind's scientific past: "There is nothing inherently wrong in belief. Belief is only a hypothesis in search of a demonstration." True enough.
Compare that against the Bible's definition of faith:
"Faith is the assured expectation of what is hoped for, the evident demonstration [or convincing evidence, ftn] of realities that are not seen."
'In search of demonstration' vs 'having seen the demonstration.'
In other words, belief can be based on whimsy. Whereas faith has its roots firmly planted in evidence. Or at least it should.
For example, you find an apple on the ground, under a tree, w/ a bruise on it...
BELIEF may lead you to conjure theories of an animate apple housewife who lamented to catch her abusive apple husband in the wrong mood, but...
What is your natural conclusion?
--The apple fell from the tree.
What evidence is that based on? --The apple is bruised. -- It is under an apple tree. -- Gravity is a proven physical law. --There is no evidence to support the animate, soap-opera world of apples we all wish could be. *sigh*
So, although you didn't SEE the apple fall from the tree, you have FAITH that it did. Because of the evidence.
The Apple Doesn't Fall Far from the Tree
Now, putting evolutionary theory and intelligent design under the same microscope:
You notice that humans have an enormous capacity for intelligence, creativity, and compassion. BELIEF in evolution was one 20th Century conclusion, a hypothesis in search of a demonstration. But...
What is your natural conclusion? -- What evidence is that FAITH based on? -- -- --
...For me, one simple answer to "How did we get this way?":
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
Watch this insightful video based on Time Magazine's Cover article "Is God Dead?":
Or read More on the debate here: