"There are two ways to slide easily through life, to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking." Those two paths-unquestioning belief and unyielding disbelief, fundamentalist faith and radical skepticism-have for years polarized the debate over religion. In its starkest equation, the polemic pits those who view reason as wholly antithetical to their beliefs, against those whose rationalism leaves no room for the mysteries of faith. But is there some middle ground?
I don't believe as I did in childhood or as a fundamentalist, but I do believe that there is something more, something spiritual. I'm ok with not being able to define everything, not in a blind faith manner, but with an honest belief where questions are a part of the experience. For most of my life I believed that doubt was the opposite of faith, but that's not true. I agree with what philosopher and theologian Paul Tillich said about faith and doubt,
"Doubt is not the opposite of faith: it is one element of it."