Tag Archives: doubt

fable of the strong fearful woman

For years, our heroine—we’ll call her “Elizabeth” because she likes the name—had struggled to create security for herself. She’d moved to area untroubled by tornadoes, hurricanes, or earthquakes… …then entered well-paid profession that promised future stability.  Her employer—a large but … Continue reading

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fable of the tightrope walker who lost his nerve

After years of performing, one night the tightrope walker looked down. He’d learned from beginning to keep his attention focused forward.  But that evening, as he stood poised on his high perch, ready to step upon the rope… …for some … Continue reading

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fable of the man who tripped himself

When I tripped and hit the ground… …I suddenly felt too weak to raise myself. Well, why not stay down in the weeds? I thought.  I’m not making much progress up there anyway. Yes!—I would free my tired mind from … Continue reading

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deal with it

People have often killed in the name of religion… But religion is not the cause of the killing.  Fear is the cause. As I see it, terrorists who kill in the name of religion are driven not by religious certainty, … Continue reading

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In Praise of Doubt

  A doll popular in the 1980s speaks of a human dilemma… I’m talking of the Cabbage Patch doll.  What a brilliant marketing concept! Consider this: each buyer received the same basic doll… …yet no two dolls were exactly the … Continue reading

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Embracing Doubt

  My church-going atheist friend… …the one who enjoys the communion of community every Sunday (see October 25 post)… …doesn’t talk about his beliefs while in his Sunday-school circle. And that’s unfortunate… I think he’d get more from the community … Continue reading

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I Have Met Chicken Little

  To paraphrase that famous quote from Walt Kelly: I have met Chicken Little and he is me. Chicken Little is that “small self” that hollers and squawks under the pressure of the slightest threat.  That voice can actually be … Continue reading

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