What is certainty, and why does it have such a pull on us? Recent brain research suggests that ‘certainty’ is nothing more than a biochemical byproduct. But even if it is simply a psychological phenomena, we all know how powerfully people yearn to be certain. Even in emergence churches– which typically embrace a kind of epistemic humility–there is a constant struggle for and against certainty. Indeed, many of us might be most sure about our desire to be uncertain.
For the November meeting of the Emergent Village DC Cohort, I will lead us in a conversation on certainty. Is it detrimental to the formation of communities of faith, or is it a necessary part of being human, or is it both? How can we be sure?
We’ll be gathering Tuesday, November 8 at Nando Peri Peri (819 7th Street NW DC 20001). Please email Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.