I have often scene statements like the following; “Science is just another religion.”, “Evolution takes just as much faith as Creationism.”, “You believe in Evolution, I believe in God’s will.”, etc. You get the general idea, I am sure. Of course, anyone seriously saying any of the both is demonstrating a distinct ignorance of various kinds but for now I only tackle but one of those.
Faith, by it’s very definition, is blind. It is something which someone has confidence or trust in but actually has no proof or evidence to support that. For the sake of the example, I can have faith that Elvis Presley is still alive but in the form of a slightly deranged duck. The idea is ridiculous and there is no possible way I can readily prove it … therefore, it is nothing but faith.
A belief is something which could be thought of as similar but practically it is a vast improvement over faith. A belief is not the same as faith as it requires some sort of evidence or past experience to support it. As such, if you have no evidence at all for something, then you can not believe in it – that’s back in faith country. Again, an example: I can believe that if I step outside my front door that a giant rock will not fall out of the sky and strike me. I can believe this because there is no evidence to suggest that it will happen and also, that in my own experience, it has never happened to me before. Of course, no belief deals in certainties of any kind, therefore while the chances of said rock smiting me are extremely small to say the least, it may still happen. It’s plausible if next to unlikely.
So how does this all tie into religion, god, evolution and so on?
By and large, religious belief is not that at all. It is not a belief, it is faith. There is no evidence at all, for example, which supports the literal truth of the various versions of the Christian Bible while a large amount exists which disproves such claims of literal accuracy.
While those who claim to have personal experiences with God/Thor/Vishnu/Whatever may claim that their faith is a belief because that person experience is evidence, that is still a false claim. Personal experience which can not be proven or is empirical evidence is still not a valid basis, else mentally disturbed people who think they are Napoleon could say that their belief is a valid one (which, of course, isn’t – unless they happen to be immortal, a time traveller and very clever).
So having faith in the Theory of Evolution is impossible. There is a great deal of evidence to support it and none yet to disprove it, so it can be classified as a belief. But yet it is more than a mere belief, it is a Scientific Theory.
Just what a Scientific Theory is, however, is for another time.