At any rate, Haldeman's thoughts on religion and science were enjoyable to read. He notes that there is a plethora of beauty and wonder to be observed in the universe in both the astronomical and terrestrial worlds. He says he can understand how people might connect such wonders with a god, as they cause one to have an emotionally reaction. However, he makes the distinction "A belief in God might be a convenient avenue for expressing feelings this strong, but no belief is actually necessary. Just witness." He then goes on to distinguish between faith and belief. Faith, he claims, is simply there and no amount of persuasion will dislodge it. Thus, he has no problem with faith in god just as he has no problem with faith in the Red Sox or faith in a political party. Belief, however, requires a belief system. It is a list of statements and operators that describe how things work, or that we can never understand how something works. Thinking in this way, then an Atheist is a person without a belief system. One who has no stereotypes as to how things have to be, which allows for a broader universe of discourse.
Exam question: According to Haldeman, what is the difference between faith and belief?
Answer: Faith is simply there, while belief requires a belief system to explain how things work.