Interesting discussion, Ron.
1. If faith means 'belief without evidence' as I think it does, then how can that ever make sense? In any other sphere, theists insist on proper evidence before accepting something - a bank loan, a car, a new house... all that sort of thing. So why does a person have to throw away their brain to be a theist - just for the sake of one think, god? This is what puzzles me because it makes no sense. Alongside that is the notion that most theists believe in the god that is prevalent in their area so that, for example, people in the Bible Belt are Christian and people in Saudi Arabia are Muslim. Given the evidence for both is about the same - writings that claim to be from a god but for which there is no supporting evidence - it is hard to see why one would choose one rather than the other.
Here in the UK we have a trickle of 'white British people' who take up Islam - the females of these are the ones who are most likely to wear a burka. Yet there is no good reason that I know why one would prefer Islam to Christianity. In fact, going further, there's nothing to distinguish any religion based on evidence. So, no, I don't see how faith, based on the definition above, is ever justified. Of course, if Jesus was seen descending from the sky and was broadcast on TV around the world, and it wasn't a hoax, then belief would b based on evidence abut that would stop being faith...
2. Modern day theists, as represented on the forum at least, seem to prefer the idea of a god that underpins everything - that is active in making sure everything carries on as it is. (Job 39 - 40 mirrors this). It is not without snags, though, as we can describe the motion of the stars and planets, for example, using Newtonian maths without the need for a god to help.
What I fail to get, though, is the idea that a being without material parts could exist at all, never mind do anything like create. I mean, how does nothing very much do anything? In any event, we have no idea where god came from and I can't accept the idea of a god being eternal as this is more or less a philosophical idea that doesn't match reality.