Faith may be defined, briefly, as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.  Or, psychoanalytically, as a wish neurose.  There is, thus, a flavor of the pathological in it.  It goes beyond the normal intellectual process and passes into the murky domain of transcendental metaphysics.  A man full of faith is, simply, one who has lost (or never had) the capacity for clear and realistic thought.  He is not a mere ass.  He is actually ill.  Worse, he is incurable, for disappointment, being essentially an objective phenomenon, cannot permanently affect his subjective infirmity.  His faith takes on the virulence of a chronic infection.  What he usually says, in substance, is this: “Let us trust in God, who has always fooled us in the past. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956), in 1922.


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