When we do not know whether a particular phenomenon we observe is the work of God or the work of Satan, the very roots of our faith are shaken." The faith factor that science presupposes is multifold and includes faith that similar causes will be followed by similar results, faith in the validity of extrapolation from conceptual models to the "real" world, and faith in the very existence of such a real world.
Topics include defusing the "faith factor" in social service provisions, the role of empirical research, improving the evidence base, getting over bias against religion in studies, investigation techniques, and development of tools and techniques that apply fairly to both secular and faith-based service providers.
The very reason many faith-based chemical dependency programs sought exemption from state laws was because of their belief that state oversight hindered the faith factor underpinning their claimed successes.
The week after I received this book for review the Arts and Entertainment section of the Sunday Chicago Tribune (September 1, 2002) featured Christian music with a lengthy article entitled "The Faith Factor" by Lou Carlozo.
A forum at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government on "The Faith Factor in Politics" drew a capacity crowd of students and faculty who discussed how this election campaign is debating the role of faith-based organizations in solving some of our most entrenched social problems.