The critic vs. the skeptic

“A critical person is not a skeptical person, who raises or looks for difficulties in order to undermine Christianity and to avoid personal commitment.  Critical persons have faith and are seeking better to understand what they believe.  To one who lives only in a pious mode, a person who at times is in a critical mode of speaking may appear threatening and even a skeptic.  Some skeptics, on the other hand, take all believers to be merely pious people, without critical faculties, and they mistakenly identify faith with irrationality.”  Diogenes Allen, Theology for a Troubled Believer, xvi.