Faith in the Fog: Good Religion, Bad Religion

This is Part 6 of my ‘Faith In The Fog’ series on my experiences with doubt, skepticism, mental health and forging a different kind of faith. < Part 5: On Losing Beliefs and Finding God Christian-But-Not-Religious I grew up immersed in evangelical Christianity, and yet never considered myself to be religious. Religion seemed such a dry word; my faith in Jesus was so much more exciting, relational and all-encompassing than that. Church was the centre of my teenage world, but Religious Studies was my least favourite subject at… Read more

Faith in the Fog: On Losing Beliefs and Finding God

This is Part 5 of my ‘Faith In The Fog’ series on my experiences with doubt, skepticism, mental health and forging a different kind of faith. < Part 4: Love as our Compass There are certain ways Christians talk about God that turn me into an atheist. I can’t help it. As much as I try to ignore it, my inner skeptic is constantly on the lookout for holes in the God theory. It will find a loose thread and keep tugging until… Read more

Can a Christian affirm same-sex marriage without rejecting the Bible?

This guest post was written by Katie van Santen This article is aimed to be an overview and primer for the possibility of a biblical interpretation that enables the support of same-sex marriage. It does not explore every possible argument, but links are provided to further reading and background information. The views expressed are mine and do not represent the church of which I am a member or any of those at which I preach. One of two statements is often… Read more

Faith in the Fog: Love as our Compass

This is Part 4 of my ‘Faith In The Fog’ series on my experiences with doubt, skepticism, mental health and forging a different kind of faith. < Part 3: Making Peace with the Messiness of the Bible Part 5: On Losing Beliefs and Finding God > ‘Deconstruction’ is a bit of a buzzword at the moment in some Christian circles. For various reasons, many of us have found ourselves dismantling our belief systems and questioning long-held assumptions. For some people, the deconstruction experience… Read more

Faith in the Fog: Making Peace with the Messiness of the Bible

This is Part 3 of my ‘Faith In The Fog’ series on my experiences with doubt, skepticism, mental health and forging a different kind of faith. < Part 2: Science, Atheism and the Search for Proof Part 4: Love as our Compass > My Christian faith has undergone some drastic changes in recent years. I’ve often wondered if my growing skepticism would eventually lead me to abandon faith altogether. As it turns out, diving all the way in to my deepest doubts and… Read more

Faith in the Fog: Science, Atheism and the Search for Proof

This is Part 2 of my ‘Faith In The Fog’ series on my experiences with doubt, skepticism, mental health and forging a different kind of faith. < Part 1: Surviving as a Skeptical Christian Part 3: Faith in the Fog: Making Peace with the Messiness of the Bible > The Fear of Science One of the biggest steps towards learning to deal with my own crippling skepticism has been to convince myself that Christianity is not irrational. Deep down I had always feared that… Read more

Faith in the Fog: Surviving As a Skeptical Christian

This is the first post in my ‘Faith In The Fog’ series on my experiences with doubt, skepticism, mental health and forging a different kind of faith. Part 2: Science, Atheism and the Search for Proof > How do I trust God when I’m no longer convinced he even exists? How do I stop myself from being swallowed whole by the fear and despair that can come from seriously rethinking my beliefs? How do I pray when it seems like there’s probably no-one listening? Can my faith survive this? If you have… Read more

I Don’t Have The Luxury Of Despair

I like Martyn Joseph a lot. My dad has been a fan of his music since the late ’80s, and his songs have meant a lot to us both over the years. ‘The Luxury of Despair’ is a song from his 2015 album ‘Sanctuary’, and was apparently inspired by a visit to a Palestinian refugee camp: As the sun rises in my children’s eyes I don’t have the luxury, the luxury of despair Until now this seemed a strange concept to me,… Read more

Dear God, help me to believe in you.

Dear God, Today I am not sure you exist, but I’m praying anyway. It seems as though the older I get and the more I learn, the less sure I am about anything. I never used to doubt you, not really. I was taught that I could have absolute confidence and certainty in my beliefs, and I did. I was taught that there were clear explanations for everything if I was just clever enough to understand. We had the answers, others needed to hear… Read more

Kaleidoscope Thinking

This guest post was written by Adam Couchman If I look through a kaleidoscope, I see all the colours of the rainbow arranged in whatever pattern the plastic of the contraption allows. Many of us had tremendous fun as children, staring through the distortion at the myriad of colour and shapes displayed there. But how often do we take that into adult life? It seems that as we grow up, our palette of colours becomes smaller and smaller. It feels… Read more

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