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I  came across a post on this book: The Myth of Certainty: The Reflective Christian and the Risk of Commitment by Daniel Taylor. I really want to get a copy!  Here is a description:

  • Do you resent the smugness of closed-minded skepticism on the one hand but feel equally uncomfortable with the smugness of closed-minded Christianity on the other?
  • If so, then The Myth of Certainty is for you. Daniel Taylor suggests a path to committed faith that is both consistent with the tradition of Christian orthodoxy and sensitive to the pluralism, complexity and relativism of our age.
  • The case for the questioning Christian is made with both incisive analysis and lively storytelling. Brief fictional interludes provide an alternate way of exploring topics at hand and vividly depict the real-life dilemmas reflective Christians often face.
  • Taylor affirms a call to throw off the paralysis of uncertainty and to risk commitment to God without forfeiting the God-given gift of an inquiring mind.

And here is a quote from the book:

T.S. Eliot sees a certain kind of doubt as inevitable in matters of faith and correctly suggests that one’s attitude toward doubt is more significant than one’s having doubt: ‘Every man who thinks and lives by thought must have his own skepticism … that which ends in denial, or that which leads to faith and which is somehow integrated into the faith which transcends it.’

The notion of transcending doubt by accepting it into faith, rather than by suppressing it (for it can never be destroyed), is crucial. Perhaps doubt, rather than something to be crushed, can be made to serve faith. “Doubt can only be robbed of its paralyzing and destructive qualities when it is admitted for what it is — which isn’t nearly as much as it appears when not admitted — and is accounted for in the process of faith. Normally doubt is seen as sapping faith’s strength. Why not the reverse? Where there is doubt, faith has its reason for being. Clearly faith is not needed where certainty exists, but only in situations where doubt is possible, even present.”

I read about this book on this blog in case you want to check it out.

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