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Here are some quotes on faith and doubt I’ve come across…

The perils of ignoring doubts… “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 patiently to her own doubts, which should only be discarded after long reflection.”  -Tim Keller

Incapable of doubt; incapable of faith.“The majority of mankind is lazy-minded, incurious, absorbed in vanities, and tepid in emotion, and is therefore incapable of either much doubt or much faith.” -T.S. Eliot, Introduction (1931), Pascal’s “Pensees”

What’s the difference between honest doubt and stubborn skepticism?…. “An honest doubter is thirsty. An answer quenches her thirst. A stubborn skeptic on the other hand, is an addict: any amount of intake doesn’t seem to satisfy. An honest doubter is confused; a stubborn skeptic has already made up his mind. Perhaps honest doubt is a sign of genuine perplexity while stubborn skepticism is a sign of an arrogant disbelief.” – Sojourner, Pondering About blog post

“Don’t expect faith to clear things up for you. It is trust, not certainty.” – Flannery O’Connor

Room for doubts?… “Without somehow destroying me in the process, how could God reveal himself in a way that would leave no room for doubt? If there were no room for doubt, there would no room for me.” -Frederick Buechner

“Where there is no longer any opportunity for doubts, there is no longer any opportunity for faith.” -Paul Tournier

**More faith and doubt quotes here and here.

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