Skepticism has its place, as the lecture by Dallas Willard “What is Skepticism for?” points out.
Skepticism can also cut us off from all kinds of good including relational goods. Trust and skepticism live in tension.
While I was pondering my class I’m giving on James this morning how easily we can doubt all sorts of things but how reluctantly we doubt our own moral compass.
The common and popular protest of Christianity and the God of the Bible is filled with faith in one’s own moral compass. This is, in short, the most basic definition of self-righteousness.
Self-righteousness, like skepticism, ironically, is often antithetical to a relationship that requires trust.
Ideally skepticism should temper self-righteousness, but in my experience with people, it often doesn’t. People seem to be able to be skeptical about a great many things except their own righteousness and the trustworthiness of their own moral compasses which is in a way a baseline assertion that they, as opposed to all those who stand against them, hold the key to the moral universe.
The opposite of this condition, being skeptical about one’s own moral compass, seems terrifying in a universe where many other things are up for grabs.