“I’ve spoken of sloth because I suspect it lies at the root of many people’s crisis of faith. More people shrug away their faith than are argued out of it. They don’t have a compelling reason to stop believing in God, they just look away and say, ‘Meh.’ These doubters don’t need better arguments, they need greater passion. They lack desire, not just for God but for anything of weight. Their hearts have shriveled from a sugary diet of news, sports scores, and celebrity gossip, and they don’t even notice that they no longer hunger for big things. Their problem is not that they no longer believe in God. It’s worse than that. They no longer even understand the question.
These malnourished people are missing out on salvation, not merely because they lack faith but also because there is not much left of them to save. Their souls are stooped from years of scuffling beneath the low ceiling of trivialities. They don’t even notice that their lives are filled with nonstop action of no importance, for their hunched hearts can’t see past their feet, even when they’re standing up. These cramped souls need to stretch their horizon and live for something larger than themselves, but like anything that requires effort, they can’t do this on their own. They need a team of believers; they need to get to church” (Despite Doubt, p. 93).
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