To have faith is to believe something that has no tangible proof. Why would we believe in something we couldn’t prove? Is it a leap of faith? Is it a deferment of what we know to be fact in the hope that a spiritual influence will intervene? If faith comes from within the literature of religion – the Koran, the Bible, the Torah — is there a particular mechanism that can define a document of faith? Great novels are similar to the great religious documents in the stories and connections they make with the human condition. If I can believe that Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden or visualize the enormity of the Tower of Babel, I can imagine Kafka’s bug and Ahab’s white whale. Does the concept of “willing suspension of disbelief” play as great a part in faith as it does in reading and analyzing literature? – Read More.