I surmise that one cannot think about beliefs in the singular as if they were not connected. I would prefer to talk about “ A belief system ”
But to start at a single sentence point. A suggestion would be
A Belief is a single statement of a conclusion or fact (i.e is reproducible from nothing) that is preparation for connecting other belief statements which depend upon the veracity of the original e.g God leads to Angel which leads to them flying which leads to them magically solving problems.
So you build a belief system with one central core and many supporting structures which if removed would collapse the whole structure.
A belief in God in not reproducible from nothing " god the father had to have a father if it is what we believe a father does.
fwiw there is no judgement for "beliefs" in the Bible, but only for works i guess. The Bible deems "beliefs" functionally irrrelevant, as they are invariably about the past or the future, yeh? Now i guess most instances of have faith have been tunred into "believe" by scribes, to help make the false case for "beliefs," agreeing with your premise i guess iow
WHOA!! I think you may have tripped up in your own semantics. In paragraph #3 you write: "A belief is a single statement of a conclusion OR FACT". If it is a FACT, then you KNOW it. There is no need for belief, if it fits the definition of a fact. If you then expand your thesis on an error, your house of cards falls.
This belief system is why many theist of the abrahamic religions have to believe in the creation story, the flood and exodist. Aknowledging that these things did not happen(which is proven by science) would undermine their whole belief system. It did crush it for me for good.
The thing about religion...you have to try to accept a whole other definition of words. "He lives". ....by what definition?......"he made man in his own image"......does this mean god was/is in human form when he created everything?......words can mean nothing, or anything...
I enjoy comparing / contrasting religion with mathematics. We begin with basic, simple concepts and build upon them. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division form the building blocks for our learning. Before high school we learn basic geometry and algebra, and in high school we are taught (if we are fortunate) trigonometry and Calculus. And that is but a simple foundation.
Religious belief is similar in that it builds a lattice work, or superstructure, of belief upon basic articles (or principles) or faith. Mathematics is universal--it crosses religious, cultural and ethnic boundaries in which it is tested and found to be true. Can the same be said for religion?
In the end, it is my contention that belief is not a choice. I cannot choose to believe in something that my reason and intellect reject. Just as I cannot accept that the world is flat, I cannot believe in a supreme being as described to me by ancient books or others whose knowledge on the topic is, in all fairness, no greater than mine.
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a set of principles or procedures according to which something is done; an organized scheme or method.
There are those that believe that widows and orphans exist. Biblical religion is defined as helping those that know it is true that widows and orphans exist.
Religion... pure and faultless is this: to help widows and orphans in need and avoiding worldly corruption. James 1:27
Biblical belief system is about having things working together to help widows and orphans in need while avoiding worldly corruption.
I would say that Mormonism, Jehovah's Witness beliefs, Catholic beliefs or conservative beliefs are belief structures. I see your point but really don't understand why you raised it.
"God the father had to have a father if it is what we believe a father does."
Father's have children. All father's that we know of had fathers but that is not the definition of a father. A Christian will say that the "father" is immortal and eternal making the point mute. I would say they're full of shit but never-the-less your rebuttal doesn't refute their argument.
The question is: What do we base our beliefs on? Belief without evidence is called faith, or blind faith. I prefer to base my beliefs on facts, evidence, logic and science. That way, I am more in touch with nature and the real, existing universe. Not mythology and fairy tales.
Belief: a position accepted as being true, but in the absence any supporting evidence.
Belief system: a set of beliefs on a set of related matters.
A belief system need not have a core concept as it can be built around an approach to explaining the natural world. Think of the Greek and Roman gods, along with Buddhism and Daoism.