Over at Hopeful Imagination, Jim Gordon has posted a wonderful reflection on ‘Doubting Thomas’ wherein he suggests that ‘Thomas wasn’t playing the hard wired sceptic, nor the melancholic discourager of the others’ so much as the hurt lover, ‘a man disappointed because he hoped for so much’. By doing so, Jim writes, ‘he sanctified the deepest questions we can ask about God and ourselves’.
Jim cites from Thomas Merton’s No Man Is an Island (p. xiii):
But questions cannot go unanswered unless they first be asked. And there is a far worse anxiety, a far worse insecurity, which comes from being afraid to ask the right questions – because they might turn out to have no answers. One of the moral diseases of the church comes from huddling together in the pale light of an insufficient answer to a question we are afraid to ask.