Faith and Doubt not Doubt vrs. Faith

It is commonly held that doubt and faith are one of the contradictory opposites resulting from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil but they are not necessarily enemies.  Doubt is the  friend of faith  pressing it  on to new places  and depths serving as it’s  compliment as much as contrarian.  As Alan Jones, the Dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco once put it, “The opposite of faith is not doubt. The opposite of faith is certainty.”  And it is so!

What many view with suspicion in the religious, I suspect, may be certainty, not faith.  The rigidity of certainty will give you fits over thermal theory if you happen to worship the sun. The church gets into trouble when we embrace any theory as the truth.  The plight of poor Galileo is proof enough of that. The Pope who apologized for the whole silly mess was John Paul II.

No let our faith be challenged by doubt to a better place and let our doubts be calmed by the faith that is within us so that we are are better soul and our place a better hostel for all that enter in.