Wisdom of the Doubter

In the canonical Gospel of John, Thomas is a doubter. Unlike Peter though, he is not unsteady or wavering: he must doubt everything and question all things before the truth can be manifested through him. Elaborating on Descartes’ original thought, Antoine-Léonard Thomas reformulated the cogito as “since I doubt, I think; since I think, I exist,” which suggests that the path to indubitable realization does not begin merely with thinking but by doubting. Likewise, it is always doubt, not faith, that is at the origin of genuine spiritual insight. Faith is the relinquishing of knowledge, whereas doubt is the threshold of knowing. The person of faith decides what God is not and finds it unnecessary to know what He is. The person of understanding seeks to know herself in order to comprehend the nature of her god.

Excerpt from “The Wisdom of the Doubter: an esoteric examination of the Gospel of Thomas”; A Book to Free the Soul ©
Saint Thomas the Apostle; engraving by P. Fontana after L. Camia after B. Thorwaldsen

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