doubt is the heart of the matter

I’ve been a fan of Graham Greene over the years. The blog title is a quote of his.

This post isn’t mine, but a friends, sharing this TED video by Lesley Hazelton, on doubt at the heart of faith. It really sits with the challenge of preaching Matthew 11, where I’ve wrestled with John the Baptist and his doubt of Jesus.

Abolish all doubt, and what’s left is not faith, but absolute, heartless conviction. You’re certain that you possess ‘The Truth’. And this certainty develops into dogmatism and righteousness… No questions, only answers… the perfect antidote of thought.

Real faith has no easy answers. It’s difficult, and stubborn. It involves an ongoing struggle… it goes hand in hand with doubt, in never-ending conversation with it, and sometimes in conscious defiance of it. This little video acts as both a validation and an explanation of how I live with and live out my faith. This is well worth watching

For just as Paul Tillich said:- “Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith!”

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