Is It Possible To Return To The Faith Of Your Childhood?

By on May 21, 2017

Poet Christian Wiman penned these words in his book My Bright Abyss about how faith shifts as we move through life:

In fact, there is no way to ‘return to the faith of your childhood,’ not really, not unless you’ve just woken up from a decades-long and absolutely literal coma. Faith is not some half-remembered country into which you come like a long-exiled king, dispensing the old wisdom, casting out the radical, insurrectionist aspects of yourself by which you’d been betrayed. No. Life is not an error, even when it is. That is to say, whatever faith you emerge with at the end of your life is not going to be simply affected by that life but intimately dependent upon it, for faith in God is, in the deepest sense, faith in life – which means that even the staunchest faith is a life of great change. It follows that if you believe at fifty what you believed at fifteen, then you have not lived – or have denied the reality of your life…Faith is not some hard, unchanging thing you cling to through the vicissitudes of life. Those who try to make it into this are destined to become brittle, shatterable creatures.

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