Jesus Had Doubts

Via Episcopal Church Memes on Facebook.   [Read more...]

Doubts, Erasers, and Mentors

Val Webb shared a talk that she gave on on faith, beliefs, and theological hospitality. Here’s a sample: When theologian John Cobb, a child of missionaries, entered the University of Chicago, he said: In a few months, I discovered that my understanding of Christianity melted away through my exposure to the thought of the modern [Read More...]

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...]


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