IT is a mistake to identify faith with religion and philosophy only. Faith is the adventure of the mind in any area of interest. Such an adventure involves the recognition and realization of an area incapable of manipulation, control or full understanding. As such it also involves not a segment of the mind but the total response of thought, feeling and activity. It is of the nature of mind to launch out into the fringes of possibilities and to direct the risks of uncertainties. All organisms reach out beyond their limitations, feeling after what is beyond them. Conscious mind is always an outreaching mind and outreaching is of the essence of faith.
Faith is commonplace. It is a manner of adaptation and a part of the program of survival, growth and progress. There is nothing peculiarly virtuous about it other than the general virtue of being normal. Life itself is an adventure and without its risks life invites its own dissolution. Faith is labelled according to the area of interest: everyday faith of human existence, faith in the integrity or non-integrity of others, faith in the nature of the world of existence, faith in one's own ability. There is the scientist's faith, e.g., faith in the possibility of knowledge, the integrity of a manner of knowledge. There is the artist's faith in the ability to communicate or inspire through the medium of lines and figures and color. There is the musician's faith in the capacity to arouse emotional responses in the field of sound. There is the business man's faith in an economic system or the commonly accepted medium of exchange or the values of human possessions. All of which is the life of adventure, of risk, of outreaching into the intangibles that go to make up living.
Psychologically, faith is of one piece, whatever the field of attention. It is the what of faith not the that which distinguishes one