Lets look at the definition of "belief" which is taken from Webster's Dictionary.
Main Entry: be·lief
Etymology: Middle English believe, probably alteration of Old English gelēafa, from ge-, associative prefix lēafa; akin to Old English lyfan — more at believe
Date: 12th century
1 : a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing2 : something believed; especially : a tenet or body of tenets held by a group3 : conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon especially when based on examination of evidence
synonyms belief, faith, credence, credit mean assent to the truth of something offered for acceptance. belief may or may not imply certitude in the believer
Faith, as defined in the Bible, is hope in things unseen, belief that what God says will happen will happen.
Here is the definition of faith taken from Webster's Dictionary.
Main Entry: faith
Inflected Form(s): plural faiths fāths, sometimes fāthz
Etymology: Middle English feith, from Anglo-French feid, fei, from Latin fides; akin to Latin fidere to trust — more at bide
Date: 13th century
1 a : allegiance to duty or a person : loyalty b (1) : fidelity to one's promises (2) : sincerity of intentions
2 a (1) : belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) : belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion b (1) : firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2) : complete trust
3 : something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially : a system of religious beliefs
synonyms see belief
on faith : without question
Now, let us look at the definition of evolution, as written in Webster's Dictionary.
Main Entry: evo·lu·tion
Etymology: Latin evolution-, evolutio unrolling, from evolvere
1 : one of a set of prescribed movements
2 a : a process of change in a certain direction : unfolding b : the action or an instance of forming and giving something off : emission c (1) : a process of continuous change from a lower, simpler, or worse to a higher, more complex, or better state : growth (2) : a process of gradual and relatively peaceful social, political, and economic advance d : something evolved
3 : the process of working out or developing
4 a : the historical development of a biological group (as a race or species) : phylogeny b : a theory that the various types of animals and plants have their origin in other preexisting types and that the distinguishable differences are due to modifications in successive generations; also : the process described by this theory
5 : the extraction of a mathematical root
6 : a process in which the whole universe is a progression of interrelated phenomena
If evolution is a process or theory, belief is a state-of-mind, and faith is a belief, than the very belief in evolution is a constant state-of-mind about a process or theory. In more simplified words, evolution is based on theories and processes which are held to be true by thought, not fact!
But faith is simply a belief in what God said is true is true. One could argue evolution by attempting to utilize actual examples ie. the Galapagos Finch, but will be unable to ground that view by providing actual facts to back or corroborate that view.
On the other end, one could argue faith without having to provide actual proof of the result of faith. But, faith holds a stronger basis for belief than evolution because of one major difference. Faith is belief, evolution is theory! It is seamingly easier to believe in something that could be true based on a well-grounded foundation (God's Word and actual biblical events as written in the Scriptures that have been proven to have happened) versus some theory that may or may not be true which is based on an ever changing platform without any actual evidence to support that theory.
Evolution is just that, a theory or a compilation of theories. Faith is just the opposite, actual, proven events which have occurred and continue to occur to this very day! So even though, by definition, faith is a belief; by history, faith is well-grounded in actual and very real events.
Why then do I see so many people that completely refuse to or don't even simply attempt to believe in a faith in God and that what He says is the truth is the truth when, evolution, the opposing view held, is based on man's theories in processes that cannot be proven with the status qou of acceptance in the world-actual facts???
I have listed some varying theories that evolution holds in our society. They are:
1) The Evolution of Man Theory
2) The Intelligent Design Theory
3) Darwin's Theory
The above theories are authored by professors, all of which are doctors whom have spent their entire "professional" lives dedicated to the pursuit of proving a theory or theories which are not well grounded and cannot be proven with factual evidence! Again, these evolution theories are based solely on ever changing evidence of inconsistent proportions which have no real factual evidence to back them. But, are they still considered beliefs? The answer is simple. Yes!
By believing in a thing or idea, you have already formulated a belief system for yourself. And if you believe in evolution, you believe!
The arguement against evolution is easily won if the person instigating and orchestrating the argument approaches it using tact and a Holy Spirit guided mouth. We Christians must stop trying to force our faith on people, but we must start showing people the truth! Again, we must spread God's Word, also known as the Good News, without turning people off to it. We can do this in simple ways....................
1) Show people by example (our daily lives)
2) Approach arguments and turn them into discussions
3) Use God's Word in everything we say to corroborate our discussions
4) Listen just enough to understand but not enough to lose ground in the discussion
5) Be slow to offend and quick to ammend
6) And always, always keep everything we use from God's Word in the context it was written in, not in the context we think it should be in!
These are a few tips in our constant battle of the minds. Remember, we are not fighting a worldly war, but a spiritual war. Our opponent is a master deceiver and master liar, so we already have some intelligence to use against him!
May God guide and protect us and keep us on the straight and narrow path which leads to Him. May He always show us to be His warriors and servants by the examples we live and may we shine bright as we are intended to as Christians for Him. Amen!