― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
It does seem that who you trust and what you doubt does have its roots planted in your axioms and experience. Organization is power and power must be guarded against. Different times in history religion, state, and the corporation have shackled the liberty of individuals to various degrees. Vigilance and skepticism of power and claims to power would seem to be a wise starting point.
As far as faith I can see where questions of origin would make one speculate on some transcendent meta power. But for me Christianity is beyond faith in God and is faith in men and the claims of men. When you consider this as St. Augustine stated he believes the gospels because he believes in the Church tradition. For me faith in christianity would mean faith in the miracles of the old testament, adam and eve, the various writers and theological claims from other primates in the past...that faith is an altogether different faith that requires faith in man and that is where I think it wise to be vigilant and skeptical. To quote James Madison “The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.”
When one considers the apostle Paul and doubting Thomas they both had personal experiences that changed their
doubt. It took a personal experience for them not a philosophical argument or claim from authority.
I don't take the subject lightly but for me with the modern scientific narrative, an indifferent universe seems to be a closer view to whatever cosmic origins we come from. The God that might exist could be altogether different than the religions of our ancestors. To paraphrase the Psalms what is man to be known by God or even to know God. Humans are a fragile species anchored in unpredictable nature. That we live in one galaxy of billions and our planet is warmed by one star in a galaxy of billions of stars and think this to be the center of the Universal drama? What is man that nature's God should take notice? How is man the central actor in the Cosmos?
What religious faith provides is getting one in touch with the absolute, with solid ground, with certainty.But the pursuit of certainty can also cause problems as Becker noted and the enlightenment phrase "The sleep of reason produces monsters." To use Melville and Moby Dick the solid land(certainty) versus the unpredicatable and mysterious ocean(existential wandering). As Becker said man is condemned to move in the world by cutting it and managing it and those that cannot may get lost in the Ocean deep of despair and confusion.
I think ideology has 3 big pillars of construction because of that:
1. Explanation: Stories and patterns are important in navigating existence for humans
2. Justification: The purpose driven life, self esteem, identity ego
3. Sanctification: protection and security in hostile
The Philosopher Cioran thought that intelligent life developing in the universe obeying physical laws is absurd and therefor only the irrational can justify irrational life. For Cioran to live at all is to be a person of faith. He like Nietzsche thought that faith in secular humanism was as irrational as other ideologies to some degree. It is as Nietzsche said a fox that escaped a cage only to be ensnared in a trap. It wants to deny the tree of metaphysical absolutes and yet keep its fruits. The critique is that if it follows its logic it will dry the fruit up. But then what will justify human civilization?