The intersection of Faith and Reason is very difficult place to navigate. In my book The Cartel Corporation, I explore many differing issues and one of them is “faith”. The main character, James Wright experiences a traumatic event and causes him to question the faith that he grew up with. While all the issues with his faith are going on, he is also dealing with contract killers trying to kill him.
After I had written the book, I began to wonder what does the James Wright think about all this happening to him. How would it affect his faith, if he had any? Hopefully the book captures the real, raw emotion that happens when traumatic events happen to us. While I do not want to give too much away, I will write that it was important for James to speak for himself whether good or bad about faith. I want my characters in my books to speak for themselves and communicate that.
Voltaire said, “Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.”
Nietzsche said, “A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.”
What is faith? I believe that is a question that is different for everyone. For some, it involves a certain deity, for others it is a belief in self, and still for others it is something entirely for themselves. My goal in the book isn’t to answer that question, it is to explore it.
In the book I am writing now, the goal is to continue to explore this idea of faith or reason. Therefore, this is the part of the blog where you comment let me know what you think faith is. Feel free to share what you think. I am interested to find out.