One of my favourite things about being a mom is when my kids share with me their deep thoughts. Wonderings about meaning, morality, death, and belonging start quite young, and it amazes me how insightful and reflective my children can be.
About the Author
I am a graphic artist, mom to two girls and wife of an actor. I enjoy dancing, reading, knitting and I might be a little obsessed with podcasts. I spent the first 31 years of my life as a passionate evangelical, Pentecostal Christian (12 years of which were spent as a minister) and am now trying to find my dance outside of religion.
Asking question after question, doubting every single little thing can get tiresome and annoying to those around us. When we understand this, we can recognize when we're reacting one way or another - questioning unnecessarily or holding too tightly to a belief. There seems to have always been a tension between the desire to know and the need to question. I believe we can use our doubt to light a path toward greater knowledge, understanding and problem solving.
The doubters have asked questions, poked, prodded, analyzed and asked more questions. Because the religious have often been openly afraid of doubt, even to the point of putting warnings against it in their holy books, atheists are often self-congratulatory about their ability to reason and question but atheists seem to be just as likely to hold certain beliefs as sacrosanct. But there is power in doubt and it’s a power atheists can reveal to others.
Embracing an attitude of doubt, actively holding our strong beliefs with an open hand isn't always as easy as we would like it to be. I think sometimes, this long and difficult journey makes many people cling even harder to certainty because they're tired of asking questions and they're ready to rest in something that finally feels right. Strong beliefs are important, vital even, but if we grip them in a tightly closed fist, there isn't space for new evidence to come to us for examination and closed fists make very good tools for pounding our beliefs into others.