I believe the expectation of knowledge over acceptance of faith causes a lot of crises. Those crises are not caused by losing faith; they are caused by losing certainly.
In fact, I believe certainly breeds many crises. A crisis can't occur without the breaking of certainty - and certainty is a lack of faith, in a very real and important way. If we insist on knowing everything, we lose the ability to believe the unseen
- and seeing something that doesn't fit our certainty shatters that
certainty - since we can't hold on to what is left - that which still is
Working through a faith crisis is, to a large degree,
an acceptance of uncertainty - a willingness to wait and not leap to
conclusions (generally the opposite of previous conclusions, as in the example of a completely zealous Mormon who becomes an equally zealous Anti-Mormon).
Working patiently through a faith crisis involves patience and weighing of options (multiple, complex, mixed-up,
paradoxical options), and that is opposed to certainly and the
expectation of knowledge. It requires faith that an answer might exist
beyond the simple, two-dimensional caricatures at the extremes of the
spectrum - and that "the answer" might not come in the desired time frame.
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