A Few Pithy Thoughts About Doubt by Dan Phillips

I thought this article was especially appropriate considering the subject of Monday’s blog. I always enjoy Dan Phillips’ excellent articles, insight and defense of the truthfulness of God’s Word…Paul S.

Originally Posted at PyroManiacs

A few pithy thoughts on doubt

by Dan Phillips and homeboys

[Note: I am using “doubt” as a kind word. There are others that would fit.]

The meta of the post I discuss here led me to a few thoughts about doubt. I shared those thoughts with my betters here, and Phil and Frank added some of their own. It’s collaborative, it’s an ensemble! Like Seinfeld… only with a point.

Have you ever noticed…

  1. everyone who tries to back away from an unpopular Biblical doctrine paints himself as heroic?
  2. everyone who tries to back away from an unpopular Biblical doctrine paints himself as tragic?
  3. everyone who tries to back away from an unpopular Biblical doctrine paints his doubt as different doubt from every other doubter who has ever doubted and come to a bad end from it?
  4. everyone who tries to back away from an unpopular Biblical doctrine insists that his path won’t end up where every other doubter’s path ended? Which is to say…
  5. …everyone who tries to back away from an unpopular Biblical doctrine hates it when the historical and logical progression of doubt is pointed out?
  6. everyone who tries to back away from an unpopular Biblical doctrine paints himself as smarter, deeper, less lazy, and more honest than people who don’t share his doubt?
  7. everyone who tries to back away from an unpopular Biblical doctrine paints himself as humble, while those who point him back to the Word are arrogant?
  8. everyone who tries to back away from an unpopular Biblical doctrine paints himself as nice, while those who point him back to the Word are mean?
  9. everyone who tries to back away from an unpopular Biblical doctrine paints himself as academically sophisticated, carefully nuanced, and wonderfully insightful, while those who point him back to the Word are unenlightened hacks and drooling theological troglodytes?
  10. everyone who tries to back away from an unpopular Biblical doctrine paints himself as courageous, while those who point him back to the Word are bullies and ruffians?

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2 thoughts on “A Few Pithy Thoughts About Doubt by Dan Phillips

  1. Pretty blanketed statements, Dan.

    At the risk of placing myself with the doubters, I’d have to say Dan lacks nuance in this post. But it is a blog post.

    At first I thought he was talking about truths of the Bible that are less popular within the Faith, but as I read further I could see he was talking about Biblical truths in general.

    To pigeon whole doubters as intellectuals is a little naive, but I know to whom he’s speaking. Though, we all know some fantastic morons that doubt.

    But what about “fear and trembling” as mentioned in an earlier post? Apostle Paul said <a href="http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians%202&version=NKJVThis but we’re also instructed to do this

    I’ve been up for 20 hours and may be babbling incoherently, but I’m not to hip on this post — more preachy than pithy.

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