Lesley Hazleton: The Doubt Essential to Faith
While writing a biography of Muhammad, historian Lesley Hazleton was struck with the oddity of Muhammad's initial reaction to God. It was that of fear and doubt.
These emotions, as she explains, became the fuel and foundation of his faith.
Because of this realization, Hazleton calls for a new appreciation of doubt and questioning as the foundation of faith.
I found her explanation of fear and doubt interesting and would love to hear your opinions.
"...This might be somewhat difficult to grasp now that we use the word "awesome" to describe a new app or a viral video.
With the exception perhaps of a massive earthquake, we're protected from real awe. We close the doors, convinced that we're in control. We do our best to ignore the fact that we don't always have it, and that not everything can be explained.
Yet whether you're a rationalist or a mystic, what's clear is that Muhammad did experience these visions, and that he did so with a force that would shatter his sense of himself and his world and transform this otherwise modest man into a radical advocate for social and economic justice.
Fear was the only sane response, the only human response."
You can read the full transcript here: http://www.ted.com/talks/lesley_hazleton_the_doubt_essential_to_faith/transcript?language=en