“Every Christian has to make a transition from the child’s ‘We believe still’ to the adult’s ‘I believe again’. This cannot have been easy to make at any time, and in our age it is rarely made, it would seem, without a hiatus of unbelief.”
W. H. Auden, quoted in Roger Lundin, Believing Again: Doubt and Faith in a Secular Age (Grand Rapids / Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans, 2009), p. 132.
Lundin links Auden’s cultural observation with Emily Dickinson’s remark that “we both believe, and disbelieve a hundred times and an Hour, which keeps Believing nimble.”
Lord, give us a nimble faith!