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From the Ted Talk by Lesley Hazleton: The doubt essential to faith

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Too human for some, like conservative mluism tahoenilgos who maintain that the account of his wanintg to kill himself shouldn't even be mtneenoid, despite the fact that it's in the earliest iaslmic biographies. They insist that he never doubted for even a single moment, let alone despaired. daimendng perfection, they refuse to tolerate human imperfection. Yet what, exactly, is imperfect about doubt? As I read those early accounts, I realized it was precisely Muhammad's doubt that brought him alive for me, that allowed me to begin to see him in full, to accord him the integrity of reality. And the more I thought about it, the more it made sense that he doubetd, because doubt is essential to faith.

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Too human for some, like conservative ______ ___________ who maintain that the account of his _______ to kill himself shouldn't even be _________, despite the fact that it's in the earliest _______ biographies. They insist that he never doubted for even a single moment, let alone despaired. _________ perfection, they refuse to tolerate human imperfection. Yet what, exactly, is imperfect about doubt? As I read those early accounts, I realized it was precisely Muhammad's doubt that brought him alive for me, that allowed me to begin to see him in full, to accord him the integrity of reality. And the more I thought about it, the more it made sense that he _______, because doubt is essential to faith.

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  1. theologians
  2. doubted
  3. muslim
  4. islamic
  5. demanding
  6. mentioned
  7. wanting

Original Text

Too human for some, like conservative Muslim theologians who maintain that the account of his wanting to kill himself shouldn't even be mentioned, despite the fact that it's in the earliest Islamic biographies. They insist that he never doubted for even a single moment, let alone despaired. Demanding perfection, they refuse to tolerate human imperfection. Yet what, exactly, is imperfect about doubt? As I read those early accounts, I realized it was precisely Muhammad's doubt that brought him alive for me, that allowed me to begin to see him in full, to accord him the integrity of reality. And the more I thought about it, the more it made sense that he doubted, because doubt is essential to faith.

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