FAITH AND REASON
Finding the words “faith” and “reason” in the same sentence can be disconcerting for some people. Looking around in our society today it’s more prevalent than ever that in our desire to be right, we sometimes choose one, and turn our back on the other.
Author, Brene Brown, in her book, “The Gifts of Imperfection” suggests, “It’s our human need for certainty and our need to “be right” that have pitted faith and reason against each other in an almost reckless way. I understand that faith and reason can clash and create uncomfortable tension. But this work has forced me to see that it’s our fear of the unknown and our fear of being wrong that create most of our conflict and anxiety.” Based on her research interviews, Brown came up with her own definition of faith: “Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty”. She admits, “Letting go of certainty is one of my greatest challenges. I even have a physical response to ‘not knowing’—it’s anxiety and fear and vulnerability combined.” Indeed!
There is no shortage of anxiety, fear and vulnerability in our world today. As I’m approaching the big 60 next year, I’ve come to realize certainty isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Hands down, my faith is what’s gotten me through the dark, unreasonable times in my life. Remember the old adage, “there are only two things certain in life: death and taxes.” Building a bridge of Faith and Reason will ultimately strengthen your resolve for the rest of your journey.
Published in the Bay City Tribune on Sunday, October 16, 2016.