We Live By Faith Not By Certainty

“I don’t see anything about the quest for certainty that is helpful to the soul. We live by faith not by certainty. The more certain you become, the less room you make for faith. And certainty will not bind you to God; we are only bound to God (and frankly to each other) by faith.

… they [the creeds] don’t start ‘I know.’ They start ‘I believe.'” — Craig Barnes [1]


[1] Craig Barnes, “Preaching in the Age of Anxiety” (lecture, The Festival of Homiletics, Metropolitan AME Church, Washington, D.C., May 23, 2018). Audio Recording. In the official recording, this quote is about 24 minutes in.