Thursday, November 27, 2008

wrestling with (the meaning of) doubt and faith

From Richard John Neuhaus in First Things...

There is doubt, and then there is doubt. Cardinal Newman memorably said that ten thousand difficulties do not add up to a doubt. He is speaking of doubt as a decision against, or at least a withholding of consent. The act of faith does not preclude but invites curiosity and interrogation, but that is not doubt. I think I know what people mean when they say that faith includes doubt, but that can also be misleading.

Food for thought...

People like to separate reason from faith and faith from doubt-- but clear dichotomies in either case are not appropriate. Faith is the gap between inferences drawn from reason and evidence. Doubt is the flip side of faith in one sense, but accompanies faith in another sense.

Keep the faith-- and the reason. Wrestle with your faith-- and work through your doubts as possible.


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