Faith has become a vacuous word which more closely connotes blind wistfulness than it should. Somehow Faith has been positioned as the antithesis of Reason in the battle for the modern mind. And even in the realm of religion it is largely divorced from action and reduced to mere belief.
True Faith is a principle of power and action. It is the power whereby universes are created, sins remitted, lives changed, innovation actualized, papers published, and all progress realized. It is more powerful than Reason alone because Reason cannot produce anything but enlightenment without Faith. But even the philosopher’s journey is a faith-based one.
True Faith is (1) seeing something that may not yet exist anywhere else but in your own mind (2) which is true, and (3) exerting all your energy to see it realized. These are the essential ingredients of True Faith. Faith without works is hope. Believing in something that is false is vain even if you work yourself to the grave to bring it to pass. And if it is seen or known in some other way, it is not faith but knowledge which does not guarantee actions based on that knowledge.
If faith ceased academia would crumble because research epitomizes acts of faith. CERN would close its doors. Even the determinist’s efforts to explore the neuroscience and philosophy behind determinism would necessarily cease.
And the only Faith that can lead us to stand in the presence of God is centered on Jesus Christ. As Alma in the Book of Mormon put it:
15 Do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you? Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption, to stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body?
16 I say unto you, can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day: Come unto me ye blessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth?
19 I say unto you, can ye look up to God at that day with a pure heart and clean hands? I say unto you, can you look up, having the image of God engraven upon your countenances?
~ Alma 5:15, 16, 19
Remember that True Faith must be belief in something unseen but true, and this is true. So I will envision what Alma suggests and do all things that lie in my power to ensure their fulfillment.