The following was written by Ali Sina a Muslim who became secular:
Doubt is the greatest gift we can give to each other. It is the gift of enlightenment. Doubt will set us free, advance knowledge, and unravel the mysteries of this universe, but faith will keep us ignorant…
The word faith means belief without evidence; gullibility also means belief without evidence. There is no glory in faithfulness. Faithfulness means gullibility, credulity, susceptibility, and being easy to fleece. How can one be proud of such qualities?
Doubt on the other hand, means the reverse of the above. It means being capable of thinking independently, being capable of questioning and being skeptical. We owe our science and our modern civilization to men and women who doubted, not to those who believed. Those who doubted were pioneers, they were the leaders of thought, they were philosophers, inventors, and discoverers but those who believed lived and died as followers and gave little or no contribution to the advancement of science and human understanding.
Ali Sina wrote this in an essay on Islam but is applicable in all fields of knowledge. That is not to say that we shouldn't have faith in other people, if we have evidence that they are people of integrity or that they care for us. Sometimes we may have reason to doubt the integrity of someone who has always shown integrity, in that case it may be right to give them the benefit of the doubt have faith in them unless overwhelming evidence suggests that one is wrong.
A good book that became a movie that discusses this is The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. In that movie the younger sister of a group of siblings claims to have been transported to a magical place, Narnia and none of her siblings will believe her. They tell a professor about it who asks them if they've ever known their younger sister to lie to them or to make up stories. The answer is they don't. It turns out in the story that she was telling the truth. There are times in life when someone says they didn't do something and it appears that they did but they really are telling the truth. If we know those people as truthful good people than we should trust them. Likewise if a couple is in a relationship and someone claims that one of them has been cheating, one shouldn't assume that they have if they have always been loving and faithful.
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