There are three categories of people when it comes to knowledge in regard to reason and faith. Some people fit perfectly into one of the categories, but most of us are a patchwork of two or all three. The questions to ask yourself are: Where do you think you fit in this scheme? Why? In what circumstances/state of mind do you find yourself sliding from one category to the next? Again, why?
This category has absolute uncertainty at the center of existence. It does not believe that there has been, is, or ever will be true revelation of true knowledge of any kind. It doubts whether truth is knowable, or if it is even there at all. It deifies (perhaps unconsciously) ignorance and lauds in a total skepticism, disregarding all claims to true knowledge as mere fiction, misconstruction, and arrogance (as well as ignorance to the human condition).
This category has absolute certainty at the center of existence. It believes that all answers to all possible questions have been given, known, and explained. It doubts that there is any mystery to life, any problem that cannot be explained by the established doctrine/creed/rubric/party-line. It deifies (perhaps unconsciously) the human mind and position in the universe in order to justify a total credulity. It disregards all claims to ambiguity as mere fear, faithlessness, and ignorance (as well as arrogance to external authority).
This category has absolute certainty at the center of existence with pockets of uncertainty hovering throughout the peripheral like mists or fog. It believes that some answers have been given but not all answers, not yet. It knows and believes that there has been true revelation of true knowledge of a limited kind. It knows and believes that the truth is knowable, but not all at once, i.e., there is plenty of truth that is still hidden, but it does exist and can (and will) be known. It quite consciously sees humanity as capable of real knowledge but still limited in the extent of that capability. It disregards all claims to either entire knowledge or no knowledge as extremities with opposite intentions and yet equally flawed conclusions that both suffer from arrogance and ignorance.
Again, it will be interesting to see where/when people fall into these categories.
-Jon Vowell (c) 2011