10-18-2009, 07:14 AM
Faith can simply be faith in a cause. The Templars truly and completely believe what they are doing is right (of course making a broad statement there, there will be doubt, etc. but that be the archetypical Templar). They have faith in that what they do will bring about their goals. What separates that from other things, is with faith it is less tangible, you cannot track it or know it to be true on a material level, you simply have to believe it is true.
That is the reason faith is so tied to religion, since someone who is religious is placing their belief, trust, etc. into something intangible, something that can't be proven. It is also the big difference with science, where science is based of evidence.
As far as fact-checking Templars, Atheist-Templars and such go. Yeah they can fit, a fact-checking one could certainly check the facts know how the world works and such. But he still has faith in that they can truly make the world a righteous place, something that because it is so reliant on intangible properties can't be checked. A atheist Templar can certainly exist he simply doesn't place his faith in a god.
Now alongside the faith in a cause, a Templar could certainly have faith in that their religion will guide them toward righteousness. Hell, most/if not all religious promote the idea of goodness and righteousness. So a religious Templar most likely would follow their religions view of this. Which I think would make it really neat when visiting other countries and seeing how different religious Templars operate, ie; Catholic and Protestant in England, then Hindu in India, Shinto and Buddhist in Japan, Vodou in Haiti, etc.