Faith is the hope in some extremely desirable things even if the evidence is not sufficient for concluding.
"One could get the idea that the evidence is faulty when in fact I don't think we would say about the external world that we don't have sufficient evidence for concluding that it exists."I don't believe we have non question begging evidence we are not a brain in a vat or all parts of a gigantic computer simulation. I consider such basic beliefs to be pragmatically but not epistemologically justified. This is why I find the epistemology of the New Atheists and other rationalists extremely shallow and untenable. To my mind this exemplifies very well that faith (understood as hope beyond the scope of the evidence) is an indispensable part of the life of everyone. Friendly greetings from Europe.
I'm increasing losing interest in writing long posts. Instead, I'm just going to mention positions to stimulate others.Faith is the courage to act in the face of uncertainty and even against rationality. See Abraham and Kierkegaard.
In my native language, Finnish, there is no word 'faith'. Instead, the atheists use the word 'belief' to mean blind faith. So when you say 'I believe Obama is the president of the USA', it means you believe in blindly without any evidence. So it's actually even worse over here.
That said, I am far from being certain that the author of Hebrew really meant that faith creates evidence out of nothing.He could have meant that faith is a subjective trust in a hope which is based on evidence (such as miracles, and the life, death and resurrection of the Son of God) and an invitation to go beyond the rational arguments which are not enough to conclude.
I differ from both evidentialists and pressupositionalists in that I don't believe that non-justified beliefs constitute knowledge BUT also that we need them on pragmatic grounds.