Speaker: Nancy Cormack - Hughes
Mar 11, 2023
Exploring the Complexities of Belief and Skepticism in a Changing World
For many people of faith, “doubt” is considered a ‘bad word,’ something contrary to faith. But in actuality, doubt is part of faith, and is good! Conversely, for many folks who consider themselves doubters, they see faith as elusive due to their doubts. In talking about faith and doubt together—with everything in between—we note their inextricable connection and necessity. Further, faith and doubt, are not just about religion, or how we view “God;” faith and doubt are part of everyday life. Both faith and doubt are part of who we as human—our relationships, our work, our views of ourselves.
Faith and doubt are two concepts that have been present in human society for centuries, and they are closely intertwined. For many people of faith, doubt is seen as a negative, something that goes against the very essence of belief. Doubt is often thought to indicate a lack of faith, trust, or belief in something that is considered to be true. However, this notion is far from the truth. In fact, doubt can be a sign of deep faith and the willingness to question and seek answers.
For individuals who consider themselves doubters, faith can seem like an elusive concept. Doubters may struggle to believe in things that others consider to be true, or they may feel like they are constantly questioning the world around them. Doubt can lead to a sense of disconnection, making it difficult to form strong relationships or have a sense of purpose. However, it is important to note that doubt is a natural part of the human experience and can be harnessed to improve one's life and relationships.
In reality, faith and doubt are not just about religion or belief in a higher power. They are integral parts of our daily lives, impacting our relationships, work, and self-image. Faith involves trust, hope, and a belief in something greater than ourselves. It helps us to overcome challenges and move forward in life. Doubt, on the other hand, can provide a sense of perspective, helping us to question assumptions and seek answers. By embracing doubt and questioning, we can deepen our understanding of the world around us and cultivate a sense of curiosity and wonder.
The connection between faith and doubt is complex, and it is important to recognize that doubt is not the enemy of faith. Rather, doubt can be a powerful tool that helps us to grow and evolve. By embracing both faith and doubt in our lives, we can learn to navigate the complexities of the world with greater ease and find joy in the journey. Whether we are grappling with spiritual questions or simply trying to make sense of our daily lives, the interplay between faith and doubt is an integral part of the human experience.