Confusing Faith and Doubt

Confusing Faith and Doubt January 10, 2017

Questioning involves courage

Questioning involves courage, refusal to allow one’s beliefs to be challenged involves fear. And so which should be called “faith” and which should be called “doubt”?

The quote resulted from resharing the older post “Doubt in Faith’s Clothing” on Facebook.


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  • Iain Lovejoy

    It depends whether by “faith” you mean “trust” or “belief” (as in believing a particular set of propositions).
    If you define faith as having the latter sense, and believe that continuing to believe what you believe is vital to being saved from annihilation or the fires of hell, exposing yourself to anything that challenges that belief is not only uncomfortable, it is suicidal.

  • SongBookz

    Without doubt there is no faith, there is fundamentalism.

  • jekylldoc

    What’s missing from the “trust” interpretation is a commitment dimension. It is much less obvious than “trust” or even “belief”, but when we talk about keeping faith or acting in good faith we invoke it.

    The **reason** why trusting in spite of doubt shows faith is that commitment dimension. When you believe in a person or a principle, you don’t suddenly resume your stance of academic objectivity at the first hint of doubt. In fact, part of being committed is to stand by someone even when their appeal is called into question.