[quote] Certitude is a poor substitute for authentic faith. But certitude is popular; it’s popular because it’s easy. If all you want is cheap certitude, just land on some opinion one way or the other, tell yourself you’re certain, and that’s that. No wrestling with doubt, no dark night of the soul, no costly agonizing over the matter, no testing yourself with hard questions. Just accept a secondhand assumption or a majority opinion or a popular sentiment as the final word and settle into certainty. You don’t have to think about it ever again. Ignorance is bliss, but so is certitude — they’re first cousins. Yet none of this is to be confused with faith. George MacDonald, the Scottish writer whose works had such a profound influence on C.S. Lewis, said this:
“Do you love your faith so little that you have never battled a single fear lest your faith should not be true? Where there are no doubts, no questions, no perplexities, there can be no growth.”
[/quote from https://brianzahnd.com/2018/01/twenty-two-days/ ]
This guy’s story is much like my own.
[quote] If your faith is so fragile it cannot handle questions, doubts, and honest inquiry, if it is so threatened by the full engagement of your heart & mind it runs from potential challenges, that’s not faith; it’s fear.
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