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Faith And Hope

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This chapter elaborates on the meaning of religious faith and its relationship to religious experience, religious convictions and religious practices. It discusses the impact of critical rationalism on faith and how faith manifests in different types of religiousity. The terms hope, doubt, longing, trust, etc. have been used so often in the Qurʾan in connection with faith as to lend credence to the idea that, as far as the Qurʾan is concerned, faith is comprised of these components. A non-devout being is essentially bent on rejection, disobedience and denial, whereas a devout being is brimming with humility and surrender. The discovery of the object of faiths merits and goodness and beauty and majesty is a gradual process and can, therefore, strengthen a persons faith. Religious beliefs, for their part, formulate religious experiences and religious disclosures into theories.

Keywords: critical rationalism; Qurʾan; religious faith



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