It is an unhealthy and dangerous thing to assume that we know something absolutely, ultimately, or infallibly. One of the basic tenets of science is the understanding that new and fascinating discoveries might - and hopefully will - force us to revamp our theories, improve our grasp of the underlying principles, and thus learn. There is a strange surety which has become prevalent in certain circles that a single religion (and/or philosophy) must be absolutely right, while no others can be right, nor can the chosen religion be the tiniest bit wrong. This is a terrible fallacy. We've only fallen into that same old trap, the one human beings have fallen into since time immemorial, the belief that "I know better than you." We are called to "test the spirits," to not be sure about anything in religion and philosophy but instead test our beliefs rigorously. At the same time, we need to be living out our beliefs as the best option we have available to us. This is to what Temple refers: we use our religion, our spirituality, as our inspiration and guide in life (in practice), but also question its "rightness" (in theory) every day. This is how we grow spiritually. Doubt is ingrained within the human mind, and even that "blessed assurance" must (and will) at some point come into question, because that is our nature. Human beings must be able to perceive mystery in order to be truly human, for it is that divine and ultimate Mystery of God which sustains our very lives.
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