Culture / Ideas / Thinking / May 15, 2012

The Unskeptical Questioner


Skepticism is the preferred belief system of the intellectual. Ever since the Enlightenment brought about the emphasis on empirical evidence it has been on the rise. A general attitude of “prove it” has pervaded among those who are, or would like to be seen as, sharp thinkers. From Daniel Dennett and Stephen Hawking to Jon Stewart and Joy Behar, skepticism reigns.

I even consider myself a borderline skeptic. Not the rabid, virulent sort, but rather one who is prone to questions and teeters on the brink of that slippery slope into “prove it.” I am insatiably curious and very rarely is the first answer I receive satisfying. There must be more. So I keep questioning things, especially relationship, belief, and aspects of faith.

For many Christians, someone who questions everything is already a skeptic. Questioning is seen as a mark of unbelief. There’s a fine line, though, between being someone who questions and being someone who refuses to believe any answers—a true skeptic.

Read the full article HERE.


May 16, 2012

Barnabas, great article. I often times think I’m bordering skeptic and wish I didn’t want a “prove it” as often as I do. But I couldn’t agree more that questions bring answers and knowledge and wisdom. We’re suppose to love God with our heart, soul, and all our mind. God grants wisdom, all we have to do is ask (James 1). You nailed it, so ask away, “Just don’t be a skeptic”.
Thanks brother! Say “hi” to the family.

May 29, 2012

To my mind if a person has got a brain he has to ask questions about everything. Speed Dating Glasgow Critical perception of all the information that comes is a necessary condition of cognition.

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