I'm not ashamed of what I believe.
But you should be. Noah's ark is a children's story.
Why is it that what I believe gets under your skin? A discussion is all about differences and why someone takes the stance they do
It is not what
you believe that gets under my skin. It is your stubborn refusal to acknowledge reality that gets under my skin. I only want to believe true things because that helps me make the best decisions about reality. If processed sugar actually causes obesity and cancer, I want to believe that. If vaccination actually causes autism, I want to believe that. If my wife is actually banging the pool boy, I want to believe that. If a deity named yhwh who was the object of an Iron Age Canaanite cult actually exists, I want to believe that. But if none of those things are true, then I do not want to believe them.
The absolute best way we have to assess what is real is science and rationality. I look at evidence and question whether my beliefs really are true. If not, I must update them. I have shown you where your beliefs - your model of reality - is inaccurate. Yet, you do not update your model. That is frustrating, to say the least. I ask myself "what is wrong with this guy? Does he not want to have true beliefs?"
And that is the problem. The absolute best tools we have to assess what is true are science and rationality. They may not be perfect, but they are the best we have. Faith is anethema to rationality and knowing truth. Faith is a roadblock. Faith is wanting what you already believe to be true. It is not a search for truth. It is thinking you already have the truth, and searching for justification.
I'm not going to pretend to be a know it all Christian that can explain everything, if I don't know something there is no shame in saying I don't know and search for answers
I appreciate that you say that. The problem is you are not searching for answers. You are searching for justification.
met [meant] to say faith is credited to individuals as righteousness
It is, but that is wrong. Blind faith is folly.
if you apply for a job with the hope of getting the job, are you not exercising faith that you will get the job? and then have to wait for the call however long that will take and would you call this hope, faith,confidence in you getting the job blind faith?
I am sure you are unaware of it, but you are subtly shifting the meaning of the word "faith". They are not the same thing. I may be expressing confidence in my skills, but that is justified. I am an accomplished professional with a history of success. I speak well, dress well and interview well. The job I would ostensibly be applying for would be something for which I would be qualified. So confidence would be justified.
If I were confident about getting the job of first chair oboe for the NY Philharmonic, that would closer to your faith. I've never touched an oboe in my life. I'm not even sure which end to blow in. So my confidence would be in the face of a mountain of reality against me. It would be a sort of blind faith.
Similarly, the faith you have demonstrated is in the face of a mountain of evidence indicating your beliefs are completely wrong. That is blind faith. And it is turning your back on reality.
I wrote an essay on faith:http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/forums/index.php/topic,10690.msg240850.html#msg240850
sure, but only in your basement with no windows and a pillow
That's funny. I would prefer if you could make the connection between my nonexistent Jedi powers and your god though.
there are quite a few theories out there, and they all need some form of belief/faith due to acceptable or lack of acceptable evidence
No, the good ones don't need faith.