It's all about how you define faith. I understand why Christians hold to the position that they do, that faith is "is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen". I would say that I don't have faith that I will see tomorrow, because I would draw a distinction between faith and hope. The former requires some type of leap, where one can't be totally sure, but nonetheless decides to believe to a significant degree--or with full assurance--that they will live till tomorrow. I personally don't believe that; sitting here now, I have no faith that I will live till tomorrow. I only have hope, meaning that I'm perfectly willing to contemplate and accept that I could die before tomorrow, but I hope I don't. For me, it's all about the degree of certainty: faith requires a significant degree, hope only requires that you consider it a possibility--albeit a likely possibility--that you will make it .
Of course, you could argue that making plans implies that I have faith that I'll live till tomorrow, but again I would just call it hope. I make plans because if
I live, then
my plans will come to pass, while if I don't make plans and it turns out that I do survive, then I might be up the creek without a paddle. I know this might sound very morbid, but I think it's just realistic. I think that, if you start from the position that you can know things for sure through faith, then such a position sounds like a horrible way to live. That's an example of my position that I don't have faith: I have no real certainty about that type of thing. As I said earlier in the thread, I try to limit real certainty to things that are necessary, such as the idea that I actually exist. I suppose that that would probably be the closest example of me having faith, but I still wouldn't call it that. And once you admit that you can only accept everything provisionally, it's not faith that leads you to hope for a tomorrow, it's simply a will to live another day, to be there for your family, etc.
I realise that there are other ways of trying to show that Christians have faith. A common one involves gravity: don't atheists have faith that when they step outside their house, they won't float away into the sky? Again, I would say that I accept things like gravity provisionally. I don't think, every time I exit my house, "gee, I hope I don't float away". However, I don't think that faith is the right term either, because for me it's about the level of assurance, and how dogmatic you are being about things. I'm perfectly willing to entertain the notion that scientists have somehow missed some factor, and tomorrow some hitherto unknown force will change the world at the exact moment that I leave my house, causing gravity to work in some new way. I don't think that'll happen, of course, but I don't have faith that it won't happen, which implies a full or unquestioning assurance (IMO), only an expectation and hope that it won't happen.
Admittedly, these are my definitions. And you have given yours. So have the other people in this thread. Many definitions given do not match the many definitions of religion, faith, etc. on Dictionary.com. And that's fine, I think this is a topic where we can describe but not define a concept (to use a distinction I found in Orthodox writers like Lossky). If you want to say that I have faith, or am part of a religion, then I'm fine with that. Personally, I think you are stretching the definition so far that it starts to have little meaning, but that's your right. If I were filling out a form, or responding to a poll, and it asked whether I was religious, wouldn't it be misleading to say that I was, considering how most of the world understands that term? Maybe I am religious in the sense that I am amazed by life, that I find human psychology fascinating, etc., but most people don't mean that type of stuff when they speak of religion.
Anyway, I know I'm not going to convince you... we are always
on opposite sides of an issue. Sometimes I even think that subconsciously we take up opposite positions out of habit, or perhaps for some other reason. I'll stick around to read your response, but I hope you'll forgive me if I don't respond to you. I don't think there's anything more that I can say. But like I said, I'll certainly read a response.