I have always warmed to Thomas. I like the way he asks questions and wants to discover things for himself rather than rely on 2nd hand evidence, even from trusted people in his own group. Any new movement or ancient institution needs people who have the courage to ask honest questions, even when that disturbs accepted truth.
Malcolm Guite's post 'Thank God for doubting Thomas' includes his sonnet St Thomas the Apostle. I particularly like how he describes Thomas as:
"Courageous master of the awkward question,You can read the text or listen to Malcolm's reading of the whole sonnet here.
you spoke the words that others dare not say
and cut through their evasion and abstraction."
'Is believing: hearing, seeing or doing?' is the question I asked in a post on the Big Bible Project. It is about Thomas' declaration of faith described in John 20: 19 - 31 when, as Tom Wright describes it:
"Thomas leap-frogs over all the others, from radical doubt to robust faith."
(Wright, N.T., Lent for Everyone:Year B, SPCK 2012)
Thomas's Story for 5th Sunday of Lent Year A is a reflective meditation - my attempt earlier this year to put myself in Thomas's shoes at the scene of Jesus' raising of Lazarus from the dead.
Doubting Thomas? I don't think so. Courageous Thomas, faithful Thomas, thinking Thomas, honest Thomas - yes.
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