On holiday in the USA, I visited a church which had the legend ‘Doubting Thomases Welcome!’ emblazoned across the doorway. That’s the church for me! I thought.
Who declared The opposite of faith isn’t doubt; it’s certainty? I’ve lost count of the times I’ve been helped through my own faith wobbles by holding fast to that statement.
I’m in good company. Good old John Donne, in his Satire III wrote:
…doubt wisely; in strange way
To stand inquiring right, is not to stray;
…On a huge hill,
Cragged and steep, Truth stands, and that he will
Reach her, about must and about must go,
And what the hill’s suddenness resists, win so.
Malcom Guite reflects on this and other poems in his anthology The Word in the Wilderness: A Poem a Day for Lent and Easter , ( Canterbury Press) It’s an excellent read for Lent, but of course you can embark on this search for truth, this reorientation, at any time of the year.
I’d love to know what poetry, novels, music or works of art have helped you on your journey? Do feel free to share with me in the comments.