Faith is a virtue

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Definition of faith and virtue

A virtue, as defined by the Random House Dictionary, is a particular moral excellence,or a good or admirable quality or property.

The meaning of faith, from the same dictionary, can be summed up in one word: belief.


The value of faith

Comparing the definitions of faith and virtue reveal a lack of necessary association between the two. Those who say that faith is a virtue assert that faith is inherently a good and moral quality. By definition, morality and goodness are distinct ontological concepts, neither being necessary for faith. In fact, in many cases, having faith in concepts which do not map onto reality may require a person to believe that morally corrupt actions are in fact good, and ignoring one's conscience for the sake of religious belief is sycophancy and/or dogmatism, which can correctly be termed vices.

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