Hey UHN. Thanks for the definitions. Some comments.
Originally Posted by Use Her Name
Strong belief in a supernatural power - how do you recognise 'strong belief' if not through changes in behaviour?
Complete confidence in a person or plan - how is complete confidence (trust) evidenced save through complete commitment?
An institution that has a strong belief in a supernatural power (Religion) - this one's an 'of the faith' definition; it's not the one we're talking about
Loyalty to a cause or person - loyalty demands and prohibits certain behaviours
Trust in a cause or person - same comments as the aboveWhile committed action is not listed in any of the definitions you found, it is demanded by all of them except the institutional one.
Now contrast with 'belief' definitions:
any cognitive content held as true - Sure. I might believe that it will rain in Buenos Aires tomorrow, but since I live in Canberra, need I care?
impression: a vague idea in which some confidence is placed; Note the distinction between 'confidence' (i.e. 'I am willing to take on some risk about this if pressed) from 'complete confidence' (i.e. 'I am willing to stake my life, comfort etc...' on this)Faith is more than just opinion. Whatever faith you have will be visible in your actions (what you do and how you do them), where your beliefs sometimes (even often) are not.
To me it's that dividing line of commitment which I think separates true and false (I would prefer to say 'emerging') faith. That commitment doesn't necessarily make it good faith (goodness comes from the quality of the values, not just how strongly we adhere to them), but it does make it 'true' faith.
That said though, the idea of a passive uncommitted belief is very popular these days - perhaps we see it more than the faith kind. But there's a huge difference between 'believing in' world peace or a better environment, or ending poverty (say) and actually having the faith to do something about it. 'Believing' in world peace is what the contestants in beauty contests claim; 'Faith' in world peace is what Nobel peace-prize winners demonstrate.