The Need for Personal Conviction of the Truth

19 Jan

Quote from God in the Dark: The Assurance of Faith Beyond a Shadow of Doubt.

Available here at Amazon.com.

… a conviction is nothing if it is not our own. Other things play their part in helping us to understand, but nothing can take its place. Unless each of us wrestles with the truth for ourselves, we will end up with opinions rather than convictions. Pascal warned that “hearsay is so far from being a criterion of belief that you should not belief anything until you have put yourself into the same state as if you had never heard it.” No conviction is truly our own unless we are prepared to hold it even if the rest of the world is against it. Athanasius contra mundum (against the world) is a stance we would not wish for ourselves but a stance that is implied in faith (p. 103).

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