“I have a lot of faith. But I am also afraid a lot, and have no real certainty about anything. I remembered something Father Tom had told me–that the opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty. Certainty is missing the point entirely. Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns.” — Anne Lamott (Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith)
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2 thoughts on “Faith and Certainty”
“Certainty is missing the point entirely.”
Wow. I think this sums up for me what gets us into a lot of our troubles. I’ve settled on being an agnostic, figuring it’s the lightest on my conscience.
Have you seen this little ‘cartoon’? [http://www.nakedpastor.com/archives/4566]
Faith is not certainty. There is no real opposite to faith, I’ve come to believe. Except maybe faithless. Yet, we all have faith of some sort don’t we? Within the context of the Divine there are no opposites, only God. I’m wrestling with this concept just now. So, maybe it is not really a question of opposites, but of misperception. We’re wresting Certainty from Faith when we’re actually grasping for the comfort of absolutes.