Modest Doubt

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Doubt soon inspires curiosity where no danger threatens, and that raises questions. Gullible minds will not act to assuage doubt, but will deny it to accept the messengers’ words. Doubting Thomas, the apostle in the Bible story, believed only when Jesus presented the evidence, and so set an example that is reviled in today’s churches, where evidence cannot be found, gullibility gets praised, and belief in the messengers gets conflated with faith. Little effort was required by Doubting Thomas in the biblical example, wherein his expression of doubting the words of his fellow apostles gained him the same evidence they had already acquired. Make of Didymus what you will, but today the evidence is not available and the example still stands. Acting the gull gets you blessings and the demand for evidence demonstrates wisdom.

 

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