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The Inherent Hope of Uncertainty

10 Apr

My old theology professor used to say – if you think you know the answers then you have got it wrong!

Does faith require utter certainty or does it allow the seeking after further understanding and deeper truths?
Or do should we subscribe fully to Anselm’s motto – faith seeking understanding?

Knight Stivender's Life In Full

Like many in the South, I grew up thinking that faith required conviction, and that uncertainty, or doubt, was what we experienced in moments of duress or weakness.

Like many here and everywhere, the older I get, the more I realize that I (and everyone else, particularly those with the most unyielding beliefs – about religion, politics, how we ought to live, whose football coach is the biggest cheater, whether Coca Cola or Miracle Whip makes a more moist chocolate cake – you name it) am utterly clueless.

I will be 37 next month. My daughter is 12, and every year she can remember, one of the teachers in her public school has asked the class to raise their hand as she reads off a list of Christian denominations. Because teachers when I was growing up did exactly the same thing during history units about “religious diversity” or the Reformation…

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