Calling someone a ‘doubting Thomas’ means that they don’t believe what they are told without concrete, usually tangible, proof. The wording for that specific kind of skeptic stems from a Bible story about the apostle Thomas. He didn’t believe the other apostles, who all claimed that the newly resurrected Jesus appeared before them. Once Jesus shows himself to Thomas, he is told that others have heard, not seen, and still believed.
Whether or not one believes the Bible is true, the idea of a ‘doubting Thomas’ took hold into common parlance. In part, this is due to several artists’ renderings of the event- paintings, sculptures, mosaics, and even a handful of diptychs. Now it refers to a skeptic in the face of mounting evidence.
Doubting Thomas is about Thomas (Will McFadden), Tom for short, and Jen (Sarah Butler) a happily married couple. They are expecting their first child, due very soon. As the expectant date gets closer, Tom gets a big case to work at his law firm. Ron (Jamie Hector), Tom’s best friend, is also working the case. Jen and Ron are also quite close, and he frequents their place for dinner.
“…Tom is Caucasian, as is his wife… he is startled to discover their new baby boy is black…”
One day, the couple catch someone breaking into Jen’s car, stealing her purse. Tom gives chase, and while the culprit gets away, the bag is recovered. While Tom is retrieving the burgled object, Jen goes into labor. Jen leaves a note explaining that Ron gave her a ride. Once he arrives, Tom checks in on Jen. She is fine, and then a nurse introduces Liam (Jace Xavier, Cosmo Jordan, Demi Patton), the baby boy, to the proud new papa.