Undoubtedly Difficult

by Donald T. Williams

"Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt."—Cardinal Newman

For some minds, one difficulty makes for a doubt. Newman's point is that even 10,000 of them (if there were that many) do not have to, because a difficulty and an error are conceptually two different things, which should not be confused. We should expect there to be difficulties; their mere existence is logically no reason to stumble. I talk to lots of people who need this reminder.

Donald T. Williams Ph.D., is R. A. Forrest Scholar at Toccoa Falls College. He is the author of eleven books, most recently Deeper Magic: The Theology Behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis (Square Halo Books, 2016) and An Encouraging Thought: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of J. R. R. Tolkien (Christian Publishing House, 2018). He is a member of University Church, an interdenominational house church in Athens, Georgia.

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