Faith and doubt

I was fortunate recently to stumble onto a site called dulcius ex asperis (Latin, “sweetness from difficulty”), the musings of a Notre Dame philosophy grad student named Alex Arnold. He articulates some distinctions regarding doubt that very much remind me of those made about the problem of evil: namely, that there is a cognitive attitude of doubt (disbelief or suspending belief) and an existential doubt that we experience, which are very different from each other. Like the problem of evil with its logical and emotional facets, Christians must deal with each type of doubt in different ways, and Arnold gives some good advice on which types of doubt are acceptable – or even necessary – for Christians.

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