Certainty is Doubt

I love teaching the first year seminar class “Faith, Doubt, and Reason.” Reading Clifford and Tillich, the Bible and Hume, all in one semester makes for great conversations. In Monday’s class we talked about the meaning of faith. Clifford famously discussed the moral implications of accepting claims on insufficient evidence. When Tillich was brought into the [Read More...]

Doubt and Conspiracy

A couple of posts struck me as insightful and quotable, and related to the same theme, so I will share links to and quotes from them together. First, Carson T. Clark wrote about doubt as a Christian virtue: Many Christians see doubt as the opposite of faith. This I find rather bizarre because I see doubt as [Read More...]

The Opposite of Faith is Not Doubt

The quote comes from p.11 of Michael J. Langford's book The Tradition of Liberal Theology, which I just reviewed here on the blog.   [Read more...]

Faith minus Doubt

When looking for images to go in the background behind the quote (which is something I said when sharing a quote on this topic by someone else on the Progressive Christian Alliance Facebook page), I also came across a work of art by Barbara Kruger, which captures the same point from another angle. Click through [Read More...]

Faith, Hope, and Doubt

The quote comes from the post “Doubt as Hope” on the blog Chesha in Motion. [Read more...]

Doubt in Faith’s Clothing

The quote comes from a 2009 post “Doubt in Faith’s Clothing,” which points out that what fundamentalists call “faith” actually looks a lot more like doubt, and vice versa. [Read more...]

Taking Easter Seriously

From Jericho Brisance. HT Hemant Mehta. Brisance gives an account of how his views have changed on various subjects, including the following observation: I consider that I may never have actually believed in Jesus. Perhaps no one for 19 centuries has. There is something in the way: he did not leave us any writings of [Read More...]

How Christianity Started

Despite having received criticism the last time he did so, C. Michael Patton has posted these two images again, which are supposed to compare how Christianity started with how all other religions started: The first image is simply wrong, unless Patton accepts certain extracanonical texts as historically reliable. The Gospel of Peter depicts a scene [Read More...]

Testing Faith

I came across the quote above from Adrian Rodgers. I suspect that he was referring to a faith that passes through challenging experiences in life. But I think it has a wider applicability. A faith that cannot withstand critical examination, questioning, and scrutiny cannot be trusted either. So much of the conversations (if we can [Read More...]

Where We Focus Our Efforts

The United States lags behind other countries in many respects, despite being wealthier, and in most instances also more populous. We have more money and hours than most other major world powers and developed nations to dedicate to the things we consider important. And so why are things like poverty, health care, and education not [Read More...]

Daring to Doubt

Without the courage to doubt, Christians (and the same applies to many other religious believers) cannot do what we are called to do. In times of suffering, people doubt not merely the existence of God, but their entire worldviews. We are called to comfort those who suffer. But we cannot do so with the confidence [Read More...]


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