It is useful to consider belief as a psychological condition rather than a philosophical standpoint. Belief is often perceived as the forerunner to knowledge; knowledge being classified as proven, true belief. Though the concept of criteria for truth seems vaguely preposterous to me. Belief is a propositional idea, a suggestion, a work of conjecture. It is at best a working model. Though this does not dilute the potency of belief in any way. On the contrary, belief is a blade that sculpts wood as readily as it cuts throats. Is the wielder of a belief as responsible for its use as the originator of the belief?"
Read the entire excellent post here at The Cleaver Blog
Also see Awakening, Eschatology & Entheogens 2012