Return to Doubt (idea)

Doubt, in a religious sense, has always been seen as the dark and negative twin of [faith]. [Thomas] was scorned for wanting to investigate [Jesus's wounds]. Doubting [scripture] is seen as a [sin of pride]. And doubting God's word was what led to the [original sin].

Why is doubt so badly cast? Because [churches] want [christian soldiers|strong, faithful followers] who will forge ahead for [crusade|their cause], not hesitant doubters worrying about what lies in ambush to the sides.

But ours is pretty much a [post-religious] society... so have things changed? Well, a little. But too many teachers would rather read out [Newton's laws of motion|Newton's laws] or the [theory of evolution|Theory of evolution] from a textbook than answer the '[smart-aleck|smart-alecky]' question-askers' doubts.

What you won't hear in a classroom is that for every scientific theory that is now [high-school] [gospel], somebody had to first doubt the theories that came before. Doubt is always the first step towards knowledge. (In [Adam and Eve]'s case, the [tree of the knowledge of good and evil|knowledge of good and evil].)

So, I now proclaim: doubt! Doubt everything you are told! (And give your teachers a [nervous breakdown].) 8^) After all, the most interesting parts of all theories are often reached only through asking those little nagging questions:

  • [theory of relativity|how can light always be the same speed if the earth is changing speed all the time? (as we go round the sun)]
  • [a (possible) evolution of the eye|if evolution is gradual, how did we get eyes?]
  • [how to move something faster than the speed of light|if I swung a long pole fast enough, couldn't I move it faster than the speed of light?]
  • [if I jumped up high enough, would the earth rotate under me so that I land in a different place?]