As an atheist, I feel somewhat satisfied [by] this admission [that Mother Teresa had doubts] (even as I admit that she never wanted such facts about her private life made public). I am pleased that a big-name religious icon — a person who will more than likely become a saint — had doubts. It is not a mean kind of satisfaction; I am not gleeful at the pain or unhappiness expressed in the letters, I do not feel smug, or even vindicated for my non-belief. But I do feel that her doubts make my non-belief a little more comprehensible to the “true believers.” If Mother Teresa had doubts, then my doubts might be okay, too.
[tags]atheist, atheism, Nothing: Something to Believe In, The God Delusion, Christianity, Catholic, Saint[/tags]