Today’s gospel takes us back to the winter celebration of
the feast of the Dedication, the 80-day festival of lights. Jesus
is surrounded by skeptics who demand a clear answer: “If you
are the Christ, tell us plainly.” He responds “I told
you and you do not believe the works I do in my Father’s name
testify to me.”
As a researcher I use the scientific method to further our knowledge about human cognition. My training is to probe the human capacity for thought and belief. As a scientist I want to know the answer to my question; I want to have evidence. When considering research hypotheses, I become like the skeptics in today’s gospel. I want to know beyond a doubt that He is Christ, that He and the Father are one. Just as my students want to have a clear answer about human behavior, I yearn for a clear answer about the existence of God. It is during those times that I am reminded that there is “no burden of proof” for faith, belief, or trust.
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