Isn’t it odd that faith discriminates? In the sense that a person will choose to believe in certain ideas that are extraordinary and unsupported by evidence and reason, but will have no interest at all in believing a host of other similar unenvinced extraordinary ideas. So what then is one’s criteria for having faith in X but not Y? Why X instead of Y, and why neither? What kinds of claims must we have faith in? What are the characteristics of those claims for which we must forgo reason/evidence, but must believe in fully nonetheless rather than just ignore or be agnostic about?
I think if believers honestly and sincerely answered these questions they’d find that their bases would include, among others, preference, emotion, culture-centric biases/prejudices. If we scratch the surface I think we’ll discover, in some if not all cases, instances of special pleading–of singling out particular claims which they hold immune to rationality and rule of evidence and logic, affording them a special pass and privilege they don’t grant to almost all other ideas/beliefs and areas of inquiry.