My Definition Of Faith, Reason, And Imagination

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Faith, reason, and imagination are three words that on the surface have a different meaning than they do when you delve deeper in thought and begin to look at them philosophically. Before this class, I had not spent much time thinking on the connotative meaning of these three words, rather I merely looked at the denotative meaning. Through this class, I have been exposed to the writing of Augustine, Kant, James, and Kafka, among others, who have influenced my personal definitions of faith, reason, and imagination. These authors not only explored how their own ideas of these words played into the human life, but the authors fostered in me a new understanding of how thought, intelligence, and perspective play a role in each individual person’s …show more content…
What I have realized, though, through this course is that you do not need God or any supreme being to have faith. Before, I could not propose a definition of faith without mentioning God, but now I have changed my definition to where it no longer includes Christianity. One cannot be a Christian without faith, but you can have faith without Christianity. Anyone can have faith, regardless of who they identify themselves as. At the beginning of this course, if I had to choose one word to define faith, it would have been God. Upon completion of the assigned readings, I would now define faith in one word as trust. Building off Augustine’s words in “Concerning Faith in Things Not Seen”, faith is what is unseen and unheard. Faith is more complex and cannot be defined by religion or opinion alone. I agree with Augustine and his theories on Christianity. One particular thought of Augustine’s that shaped my definition of faith the most was that we trust in the minds of other men who we have deemed friends, yet we cannot see the will of man. This to me is the definition of faith. As humans, we portray faith every day, in every aspect of our lives. The mind and intellect are not merely a culmination of an outwardly expressed religion, an ill-tempered manner, or love and …show more content…
In Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”, Gregor was an isolated and depressed man and when he turned into a bug, his imagination did not allow him to enjoy his new physical state and rather he focused on the thoughts of others rather than himself. While Kafka’s imagination ran wild in writing this story, he created a character that lacked the imagination. Through reading Kafka’s works, my ideas shifted from the belief that imagination was exclusive to the imaginers mind to the incorporate the ideas that imagination, or the lack of a creative imagination, is determined how a child learns to trust and believe. While I still think every individual has an imagination unique to themselves, I now view imagination as a thinking process defined by the way an infant learned to perceive their world. So while imagination is unique to the individual, it is influenced and instilled in a child through elements such as meeting basic needs, reading to a child, and showing the child an example of a loving relationship. The imagination cannot reach limits the person is mentally scared to achieve. If you do not trust and believe in others and yourself, how can you have an imagination that reaches its fullest

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