Faith, Knowledge, Hope

In our modernist, enlightenment world, faith and hope seem to be of a different species than knowledge.  Hope points to the future, which is not something about which we can have any knowledge.  Faith seems built on unverifiable first principles–that God exists, or even that through reason we can know anything at all.  Knowledge is the only thing that seems grounded in any sort of empirical reality, the things we can see, taste, touch, smell and hear, the things of which we can have personal experience.  But are the differences so stark?  Is there some sort of relationship here that we can tease out?  Is it possible that it is faith that bridges for us the sphere of knowledge with the future of hope?

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