Which, if either, is best for you: being a Believer who accepts on Faith
The above. My faith is based on evidence though (Christ being the foundation of my faith).
In your choice, though, I cannot state that I have ever had to discount facts to maintain my faith.
Changes in (wts... tec added this) doctrine are like Scientific knowledge in that enlightenment is gradually revealed!
Do you agree with this?
Do they differ at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
In some ways this is similar (albeit based on different things) Science can flip flop according to evidence presented, but often science simply builds upon what came before. Science is supposed to work like this. It's findings are not supposed to be the authority, end all know all... or they would be conclusions, rather than evidence and findings.
On the other hand, changes in doctrine seem more like damage control, because they were wrong to begin with and without basis. The information (evidence) does not change. Reality proves the 'doctrine' false. Reality proves the "interpretation" of the evidence, false.
Which can happen in the scientific world too... because with anything that is REAL, man and his interference/interpretation/lack of knowledge... are the uncontrolled variable. (I might have used that term wrong; been a long time since I took science in high school, lol)
Religion is by fiat. Commanded! It is knowledge, behavior and enforcement by command from an unimpeachable hierarchy with Almighty God at the very top.
Hmm.. it is. But religion and faith are not the same thing. One can have religon without faith. One can have faith without religion.
Since you said to speak personally, i will speak to the rest as faith, and not religion, and i hope that is okay. I can do it again via religion, if you like, but I would not be speaking personally.
Religion is monolithic. Religion stems from Authority to declare something true without ever having to prove it. In fact, a demand for proof (sometimes called "a sign" is called wicked and faithless) is not worthy of a believer.
Someone with faith does not need to demand proof... because their faith is built upon evidence. Someone might ask for a sign to help them out with their fledgling faith though. That would be asking for help, and there is nothing wrong with that. Got to ask the one who can grant that help though. (christ)
Demanding might not be the best route either... but asking, there is nothing wrong with that. One is encouraged to do so.
Science is from the bottom up. Its source commences with total ignorance and works its way up:
I think science builds upon what is already accepted. I don't think it starts with total ignorance, ever.
But faith can work similar as your steps below... with a couple minor changes:
Yes... and the acknowledgment of ignorance.
Yes... usually based on something that would lead one to wonder.
Yes. The tests are different though.
5.Restatement after experiment with predictability (Theory)
Same results from the tests... and so building upon the strength of your faith.
6.Established Fact tempered by a means of falsifying factor.
I don't know about this one. I don't know enough about this one means.
Science is disputable because anybody who can demonstrate a flaw in an existing theory is allowed to challenge accepted Fact.
Religion is indisputable because challenges are seen as disloyalty and evil.
Honestly, the only thing that should matter to a person of faith in Christ... is what Christ sees.
What are YOUR values when it comes to FAITH versus TESTABLE FACT?
Speak personally and not generally.
By testable fact, i am assuming that you mean scientifically testable and verifiable fact.
My thoughts on this are that science does not conflict faith in Christ and God and the spiritual... but does not - at the moment- have the tools to verify the existance of things that it is not yet designed to measure. (the spiritual) This is not a contradiction... this is just a 'not yet'.
I also love science because it can give us insights into God - and the spiritual - as well.
I hope that answers, and if i went off on a tangent or direction you did not mean, then please feel free to draw me back in :)