Peter Boghossian has a YouTube video where he defines faith as “Pretending to know things you do not know.” According to Boghossian, when I say that I have faith that God exists, I am pretending to know that God exists when I do not.
Now, Boghossian also claims that this topic has occupied virtually every moment of his waking thought for the past 22 years. So he must be right, right? Okay, let me take 5 seconds to refute the philosopher’s life work below the thread.
Professor Boghossian would accuse me of pretending to know God exists when I don’t know that he exists.
Wrong, professor. I do not pretend to know that God exists precisely because I am fully aware that I do not know God exists. That is why I have faith. If I knew God exists, I would not need faith. I would know. By acknowledging my faith, I am acknowledging the limits of human reason and knowledge.
Y’see, professor, just because I believe X is true does not mean I think know X is true. And if I know, and acknowledge, that I do not know for sure that X is true, I can hardly be pretending to know X is true. So your definition crashes and burns.
Ironically, I have found that the people who tend to pretend to know things they do not know are those who posture as if they rely solely on reason and evidence. Such people easily delude themselves into pretending to know things they do not know. They think they are being led by reason, but in reality, reason is being used solely to rationalize what they already believe. This is a trait that is commonly seen in atheists.