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Faith and Doubt, President Obama style

May 20, 2009

I saw this on a blog today ( and have been caught considering it over and over in my head. Here’s the background.

We all heard about President Obama going to Notre Dame, and the chaos that came as a result. I didn’t waste my time listening to his speech, because I expect that it was filled with normal Commencement stuff, like “You are America!” “You can make a difference.” “Your dreams matter!” And, “Only you can prevent forest fires!”

But what I found on Boyett’s blog caught me off guard. The President spoke about faith, and about doubt. He even hints at humility. I am still chewing on it, but thought I would share…

Here are President Obama’s words from his Commencement address at Notre Dame this past weekend:

…But remember too that the ultimate irony of faith is that it necessarily admits doubt. It is the belief in things not seen. It is beyond our capacity as human beings to know with certainty what God has planned for us or what He asks of us, and those of us who believe must trust that His wisdom is greater than our own.

This doubt should not push us away from our faith. But it should humble us. It should temper our passions, and cause us to be wary of self-righteousness.

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 20, 2009 11:54 am

    things that make you go, “hmmmmm”

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