Uncertain Faith

Finding the courgage to live with uncertainity

Faith Is Folded Into Change

Butch Rogers

05 Aug, 2015

I like what Christian Wiman (a fellow West Texan) says about faith.  "Faith is not some hard, unchanging thing you cling to through the vicissitudes of life.  Those who try to make it into this are destined to become brittle, shatterable creatures.  Faith never grows harder, never so deviates from its nature and becomes actually destructive, than in the person who refuses to admit that faith is change.  I don't mean simply that faith changes (though there is that).  I mean that just as any sense of divinity that we have comes from the natural order of things--is in some ultimate sense within the natural order of things--so too faith is folded into change, is the mutable and messy process of our lives rather than any fixed, mental product.  Those who cling to the latter are inevitably left with nothing into which they have poured the best parts of themselves.  Omnipotent, eternal, omniscient--what in the world do these rotten words really mean?  Are we able to imagine such attributes, much less perceive them?  I don't think so.  Christ is the only way toward knowledge of God, and Christ is contingency."  From My Bright Abyss by Christian Wiman