Doubt is essential to faith. Faith, however, is a commitment to an idea despite the ever present doubt that what you have faith in may be…unreal or false. Lesley Hazleton makes a compelling argument in her TEDTalk about Muhammed’s biography regarding faith. She posits that, “Real faith has no easy answers. It’s difficult and stubborn. It involves an ongoing struggle; a continual questioning of what we think we know. A wrestling with issues and ideas. It goes hand-in-hand with doubt–in never-ending conversation with it, and sometimes, in conscious defiance of it.”
It’s this conscious defiance to faith, made real by our seemingly ceaseless doubts, that enables even the most lackluster spiritualist to believe in something, or at least question. I must say, I agree. Faith is not simply submitting to the idea that one knows it all—that there is nothing to question. Faith, as it has been argued before, is belief in the things unheard and unseen. Faith is acknowledging that while I do not understand it all, I will believe in it—whatever “it” is.