Accordingto Schick and Vaughn (2010), faith is a virtue as it calls individualto believe the incredible. It is a virtue since to believe calls forbehavior with high moral standards. Although Christians are notcreated to have faith naturally, they view it as a positive course ofaction.
First,faith is a virtue by definition. The definition terms it as beingindependent of logical sanction or material. There is no substantialreason for having the belief. Similarly, Kierkegaard argues that theChristian view of God is based on faith since God is immortal andthat he has no chance to be mortal for the Christians to haveevidence of him. Besides, faith in God is not the only the mostdistinguished value in Christianity, but it is a requirement forbecoming a member (Schick, & Vaughn, 2010).
Second,faith is a virtue since it is subjective in nature. In contrast,evidentialism argues that the only reasonable beliefs are those basedon reasonable evidence. Besides, individuals can claim to their moralobligation depending on the proportion of their testimony.Consequently, faith is a virtue due to lack of tangible andadmissible evidence yet Christians claim their moral obligation tobelieve (Schick, & Vaughn, 2010).
Third,faith is a virtue as it is in contrast to the thought probe ofBlanchard’s beliefs. Blanshard and Clifford argue that the duty ofhumans is to have beliefs that are proportional to their evidence.However, faith is not equivalent to evidence but to beliefs. The lackof witness to such evidence, and the existence of other essentialbeliefs with equal evidential support calls for high moral standards.The moral standards are required to make a choice between equallymeaningful choices and remaining firm to the initial choice (Schick,& Vaughn, 2010).
Schick, T., &Vaughn, L. (2010). Doingphilosophy: An introduction through thought experiments.New York, NY: McGraw-Hill