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Only a very bad theologian would confuse the certainty that follows revelation with the truths that are revealed. They are entirely different things.
The new always happens against the overwhelming odds of statistical laws and their probability, which for all practical, everyday purposes amounts to certainty; the new therefore always appears in the guise of a miracle.
Fundamentalists are panicked by the apparent disintegration of the family, the disappearance of certainty and the decay of morality. Fear leads them to ask, if we cannot trust the Bible, what can we trust?
Absolute certainty is not something I strive for anymore. I've learned the hard way that destiny usually looks upon our most strident convictions with amusement, or perhaps even pity.
Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof.
To counter the avoidance of intellectual challenge and responsibility, we must reduce the domination of certainty in education.
Don't be too harsh to these poems until they're typed. I always think typescript lends some sort of certainty: at least, if the things are bad then, they appear to be bad with conviction.
In these matters the only certainty is that nothing is certain.
Pliny the Elder
I'm a scientist, not a theologian. I don't know if there is a God or not. Religion requires certainty.
I'm a scientist, not a theologian. I don't know if there is a God or not. Religion requires certainty. Revere and respect Gaia. Have trust in Gaia. But not faith.
And, for an instant, she stared directly into those soft blue eyes and knew, with an instinctive mammalian certainty, that the exceedingly rich were no longer even remotely human.
If a man fights his way through his doubts to the conviction that Jesus Christ is Lord, he has attained to a certainty that the man who unthinkingly accepts things can never reach.
It has become a certainty now that if you will only advertise sufficiently you may make a fortune by selling anything.
The best thing about science is that hard, empirical answers are always there if you look hard enough. The best thing about religion is that the very absence of that certainty is what requires - and gives rise to - deep feelings of faith.
We regard it as a certainty that the earth, enclosed between poles, is bounded by a spherical surface.
I have moved from certainty to doubt, from devotion to rebellion.
Whether gods exist or not, there is no way to get absolute certainty about ethics. Without absolute certainty, what do we do? We do the best we can.
For any culture which is primarily concerned with meaning, the study of death - the only certainty that life holds for us - must be central, for an understanding of death is the key to liberation in life.
It is far better to foresee even without certainty than not to foresee at all.
Unfortunately, poetry is not born in noise, in crowds, or on a bus. There have to be four walls and the certainty that the telephone will not ring. That's what writing is all about.
There is no certainty; there is only adventure.
Certainty is the mother of quiet and repose, and uncertainty the cause of variance and contentions.
If you develop the absolute sense of certainty that powerful beliefs provide, then you can get yourself to accomplish virtually anything, including those things that other people are certain are impossible.
William Lyon Phelps
The minute one utters a certainty, the opposite comes to mind.
The areas of consensus shift unbelievably fast; the bubbles of certainty are constantly exploding.
When the human mind exists in the light of reason and no more than reason, we may say with absolute certainty that Man and all that made him will be in that instant gone.
I never imagined it wouldn't work out for me. I had that absolute certainty in myself that has seen me through, I think, and my parents were absolutely behind me all the way.
But teleological considerations can lead no further than to a belief and a hope. They do not give certainty.
Christian Lous Lange
Moral certainty can deafen people to any truth other than their own.
I really think that living is the process of going from complete certainty to complete ignorance.
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