This one is special. It’s sensitive. Faith is a topic a lot of people tiptoe around, either not to offend or because you don’t quite understand it yourself and you’re afraid that one ‘off’ word can betray these doubts or fears or uncertainties.
“People wish to be settled [but] only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.” – Emerson. We’ve asked a few friends to tell us about this ‘unsettled-ness’ in their faith journeys: leaving faith, returning to it, crisis of faith… And they’ve been generous and brave enough to share what was really hard for some. Thank you, guys.
“For me a dogma is only a gateway to contemplation and is an instrument of freedom and not of restriction,” Flannery O’Connor said.
“Faith, on the other hand, is an unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be. Faith has no preconceptions; it is a plunge into the unknown,” Alan Watts said.
“The intellectual, the moral, the religious seem to me all naturally bound up and interlinked together in one great and harmonious whole…” is what Ada Lovelace thought.
“Then there are also the questions that have definite answers but which we cannot answer. The question of the existence of God may be such a question.As human beings, don’t we need questions without answers as well as questions with answers?” Alan Lightman asks.
Most of us grew up in spaces where questioning was taboo, blasphemous. We are gently poking at these structures and doctrines and beliefs. We had no agenda with this episode, except to let people say what they want to. We hope that someone’s account helps, affirms or challenges you.
Music: The Way I Feel by Asa & Am I by Gungor