The Honest Doubter

“The Book of Job is one of the most majestic pieces of writing in all of literature.”

In this sermon, Rabbi Olan walked his listeners through the ancient story told in the Book of Job. He then drew some conclusions to help us understand some of the dilemmas of modern religious faith.

“God does not want blind, irrational faith. Man is a thinking creature and his mind must be satisfied that God is not only all-powerful, all-wise, all-just, but also a rational God. He prefers the honest doubter to the dishonest believer.”

Will unanswered, and perhaps unanswerable, questions about the nature of God, suffering, fairness, and injustice drive us away from God? Each of us must decide.

I hope that you will decide to read or listen to this insightful message. In it, Rabbi Olan encourages us to develop “a meaningful faith, one which gives courage and hope to human striving.”

(Rabbi Olan quotes from the Book of Job and Psalm 14:1. This sermon was originally broadcast on February 3, 1963.)