Benefits of Doubt Part II

A couple days ago, I posted a quote from Timothy Keller’s The Reason for God. The concept of doubt being ok in believers was a bit of a new concept for me, but Keller explains well the benefits that come from addressing doubts instead of ignoring them. On the other hand, he also encourages skeptics to be aware of the implicit faith they have in their beliefs.

“I commend two process to my readers. I urge skeptics to wrestle with the unexamined ‘blind faith’ on which skepticism is based, and to see how hard it is to justify those beliefs to those who do not share them. I also urge believers to wrestle with their personal and culture’s objections to the faith. At the end of each process, even if you remain the skeptic or believers you have been, you will hold your own position with both greater clarity and greater humility. Then there will be an understanding, sympathy, and respect for the other side that did not exist before. Believers and nonbelievers will rise to the level of disagreement rather than simply denouncing one another. This happens when each side has learned to represent the other’s argument in its strongest and most positive form. Only then is it safe and fair to disagree with it. That achieves civility in a pluralistic society, which is no small thing.” (p. xix)

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