Reasoned Faith in the Teacher
I think it's sort of sad that "faith" has become kind of a negative concept in some Buddhist discussions (or so it seems to me). Maybe it's a subtle word difference--could "trust" is a better word? Certainly blind faith, faith which is completely unthinking, isn't advised by anyone, including the teachers. But in so many cases, faith isn't blind.
Faith or trust in a teacher is a healthy thing when you've found a good teacher. I think we can absolutely have reasoned faith in a person, in the same way we can have reasoned faith in a concept.
If Joe Schmo, whom I'd never met, asked me to jump off a bridge I'd hesitate, but if my fiance asked me to jump off a bridge, I'd assume there was a greater danger bearing down on me and it would be wise to jump. There's always the chance of being wrong, but reasoned faith in my partner tells me it's safer to err on the side of faith.
If it strikes you as interesting, I'd be interested to hear peoples' thoughts on reasoned faith in the teacher (or in people in general).