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14: Wisdom of the Skeptic

June 16, 2011

Perhaps California above all can appreciate that assertion of the French-born monk Thomas Merton who claimed that “Faith means doubt. Faith is not the suppression of doubt. It is the overcoming of doubt, and you overcome doubt by going through it. The man of faith who has never experienced doubt is not a man of faith.”  Flannery O’Connor also reminded us that to cultivate skepticism is something akin to a sacred obligation, for without such a virtue we stop asking questions.  Amidst whatever varied flavors of brainwash are in vogue, skepticism “will keep you free—not free to do anything you please, but free to be formed by something larger than your own intellect or the intellects of those around you.”

But skepticism, as one writer put it, “is more like an interval than a state of being, which faith can be.”  A wise skepticism will need, at some point then, also to question itself.  That is, it becomes okay, too, to doubt our doubts, for underneath doubt always lies some sort of trust in something or someone, even if the trust be as paltry as merely oneself.

Consequently, the skeptic may be our ally, helping us unearth the self-justifying claims of self-vaunting Pharoahs or self-appointed Messiahs.  The skeptic may help us disarm both the Napoleons and the Oppenheimers.  Or the skeptic may allow us to ward off the amorous advances of both Madison Avenue and Rodeo Drive.

And finally, the skeptic may also remind us to be skeptical of ourselves, aware that even our finest intentions become adulterated with ambition and self-seeking.  Sometimes our questions may arise from honest doubt, and other times our skepticism may arise from desires gone astray.  So questioning ourselves will keep us honest:  to admit that more often than not, our efforts at love are mottled, our desires to live well are sullied, and even our hallelujahs are broken.

1: Limehouse Blues

Our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys

2: Tokens Radio Theme

Our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys

3: Opening Monologue

Lee C. Camp

4: Hallelujah

Odessa Settles

5: Scholar Stand-up

Rich Little, Dr. Craig Detweiler, and Dr. Jeff Peterson with Lee C. Camp

6: Working Man

Andy Gullahorn

7: Title Time

Tokens Radio Players

8: Interview: Dr. Francis Collins

Dr. Francis Collins with Lee C. Camp

9: My Own Home

Our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys

10: Last Days

Greg Lee

11: Intermission Announcement

Greg Lee and Lee C. Camp

12: Class & Grass: Für Elise

Our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys

13: Tokens Radio Theme (Reprise)

Our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys

14: Betty Swanson...Church Secretary!

Merri Collins with the Tokens Radio Players

15: Praise The Source of Faith and Learning

Dr. Francis Collins with Lee C. Camp

16: Sponsor Thanks

David Fleer

17: The Tee'd Off Party

Tokens Radio Players

18: Interview: Hal Holbrook

Hal Holbrook with Lee C. Camp

19: $8 A Day

Lee C. Camp

20: Brother Preacher

Greg Lee

21: Resurrection

Andy Gullahorn

22: Closing Monologue

Lee C. Camp

23: I Remember, I Believe

Odessa Settles

24: To Canaan's Land I'm On My Way

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