posted on: Jul 19, 2018
Dallas Willard, the late professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California said,
“We live in a culture that has, for centuries now, cultivated the idea that the skeptical person is always smarter than one who believes. You can almost be as stupid as a cabbage as long as you doubt.”
However, the western culture is built to cultivate doubt. From our distrust of politicians, our food supply, corporations; we're taught at a young age to doubt. We have grown up watching the expose's, the documentaries uncovering the intentional harm done by certain industries all for the sake of turning a profit.
We naturally breath the air of doubt.
But, doubt is not always bad. Timothy Keller points out a helpful use of doubt.
"A faith without some doubts is like a human body without any antibodies in it. People who blithely go through life too busy or indifferent to ask hard questions about why they believe as they do will find themselves defenseless against either the experience of tragedy or the probing questions of a smart skeptic. A person's faith can collapse almost overnight if she has failed over the years to listen to her own doubts, which should only be discarded after long reflection. Believers should acknowledge and wrestle with doubts—not only their own, but their friends' and neighbors'.
Doubt is a helpful tool for the journey, but it's a terrible destination. After all, Jesus said to doubting Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” (John 20:27)
In what ways has doubt helped you in life?
How has doubt failed you in life?
What does it look like for you to find a home with faith?
Share with others!