I find the notion of faith as a protection from suffering or pain particularly interesting. Faith is beyond pain & suffering. People often look at faith from their own point of view instead of The Lord's. People often pray for things that they want with some expectation of wish fulfillment. The Lord is not your fairy godmother. True faith does not depend on wish fulfillment or miracles to sustain itself.
When you come to the end of all the light you know, and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly.
A first grader should understand that her or his culture isn’t a rational invention; that there are thousands of other cultures and they all work pretty well; that all cultures function on faith rather than truth; that there are lots of alternatives to our own society...Cultural relativity is defensible, attractive. It’s a source of hope. It means we don’t have to continue this way if we don’t like it.