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October 30, 2013

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Yes Yes.

People are whining more and more about confidence. They are quite confident that confidence is a very bad thing. So confident, in fact, that they confidently assail it every chance they get.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Usually attributed to Burke).

Yes, it’s been repeated so much that people yawn, but this is a statement of confidence. The less confident must sit on the sidelines and twiddle their thumbs.

The word "confidence" is etymologically compounded from the French and ultimately the Latin for the term "with faith". I have heard the wise-sounding admonition to "have confidence in yourself." what is meant is that one should act boldly. The quote from Chesterton is correct in delineating between one's efforts and one's aims. The subsequent article is correct in addressing the nature of one's beliefs.

We should not have confidence in ourselves as arbiters of truth or agents of accomplishment. Rather, we should act confidently in the revelation of God for these things and obediently work as we have been admonished therein according to the particular abilities we have been given.

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