Fifth-Columnist in the Soul
Marilyn dropped this on my desk a few minutes ago; it's a great quote from C.S. Lewis about misgivings and faith:
Faith as a practice, a habit, a place to dwell. I like that...Just as the Christian has his moments when the clamour of this visible and audible world is so persistent and the whisper of the spiritual world so faint that faith and reason can hardly stick to their guns, so, as I well remember, the atheist too has his moments of shuddering misgivings, of an all but irresistible suspician that the old tales may after all be true, that something or someone from outside may at any moment break into his neat, explicable, mechanical universe.
Believe in God and you will have to face hours when it seems obvious that this material world is the only reality: disbelieve in Him and you must face hours when this material world seems to shout at you that it is not all.
No conviction, relistion or irreligious, will, of itself, end once and for all this fifth-columnist in the soul. Only the practice of Faith resulting in the habit of Faith will gradually do that.- from Religion: Reality or Substitute?' in Christian Reflections