In the NT doubt is not intellectual agnosticism but hesitancy, a refusal to commit oneself, or even honest scruples which cause timidity (Rom. 14: 23). As such it is deplored by Paul. But in the OT the book Ecclesiastes seems almost a celebration of doubt: the pleasures of the flesh and intellectual enquiry alike are fleeting and futile and there is no purpose in life. Yet now and then the writer recoils from total scepticism (Eccles. 8: 12).