A while ago I quoted Richard Dawkins and his description of ‘faith’. Do you remember?
Faith means blind trust, in the absence of evidence, even in the teeth of evidence.
(The Selfish Gene, 1976)
It is a definition no Christian recognises.
Here’s a much better one. Geoffrey Grogan, writing of the historical basis of the New Testament, and referring to John 20:30,31 and 1 John 5:13, says
Here then we see that the purpose of this literature, and this appears to be true of the New Testament as a whole, is to elicit and to strengthen faith; faith, that is, in Jesus as the Son of God, faith in Jesus as theologically interpreted. Faith grows as it feeds on facts, not on feelings nor on fancies. Faith is greedy for facts; it has an insatiable appetite for them.
(The Christ of the Bible and the Church’s Faith, Mentor 1998, p.86)
Now, I get that description.