When faith falters

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Just as the Christian has his moments when the clamour of this visible and audible world is so persistent and the whisper of the spiritual world so faint that faith and reason can hardly stick to their guns, as I well remember, the atheist too has his moments of shuddering misgiving, of an all but irresistible suspicion that old tales may after all be true, that something or someone from outside may at any moment break into his neat, explicable, mechanical universe.

Believe in God and you will have
to face hours when it seems obvious
that this material world is the only reality:
disbelieve in Him and you must face hours
when this material world seems to shout  
at you that it is not all.

No conviction, religious or irreligious will, of itself, end once and for all this fifth-coumnist [internal subversive agent] in the soul. Only the practice of Faith resulting in the habit of Faith will gradually do that.

–C. S. Lewis
Christian Reflections

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A matter of faith

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If belief rests on a longing, it could be argued that faith in God reflects nothing more than our longing that there should be a God. Yet it could be argued that a belief that there is no God rests on exactly the same basis — a hope and desire that it is, in fact, the case.

Atheism is as much a matter
of faith as Christianity.

As Boris Pasternak, the author of Dr. Zhivago, once remarked: “I am an athiest who has lost his faith.” Might not atheism’s basic assumptions rest on a longing for total autonomy, not having to give account to anyone, and not being limited by anything?

–Alister McGrath
The Unknown God
(emphasis added)

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