So "faith," the word, has different sides to it that are not synonymous.<quoted text>
I don't consider that the same as faith until you consider your metaphors literally true.
This sounds more like trust in the future based on extrapolating past experience. Hope is also not faith.
My criticism is of religious faith as I know it in the West especially, and in America as particular, where it does untold harm. If we expand the meaning of the word to include hope, trust, extrapolated experience or harmless metaphors that aid with understanding and coping, then my opinion would be less harsh.
How does that sound?
Speaking of untold harm, I say a longish YouTube video today on the damage that religion does called "Why Are You Atheists Angry" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =GUI_ML1qkQEXX that sent me looking for a transcript. I found something similar, which is a 50 point list of grievances against religion - too long to repost here.
But I will give you a link to the list I found, and a sample next from it next post
What is it that drives the beneficial effect from "faith healing"? When people have acupuncture, is that trust in medical technique?