Doubt Around The Blogosphere

So many posts related to doubt, uncertainty and crises of faith popped up in my feed over the past day or so that it seemed worth gathering them and sharing them in a blog post.

Like a Child talks about Agnostic Christianity.
Diglotting talks about Doubt and Faith.
Joel Watts recommends embracing your crisis of faith.
Jason Boyette shares a letter from a reader.
Religion at the Margins has a guest post in which a gay Christian shares his story.
The Progressive Christian Network of Victoria tries to engage a “man of rigid certitude.”

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  • Cobalt

    I put this comment at the Diglotting link you provided, but thought that I might also enjoy talking about it with you. Because you're good for… talking about stuff, and you have really awesome readers (hi guys!)Most people who have a crisis of faith seem to instinctively stop short of questioning "important" things. It's okay to question the veracity of the claims made in Genesis about how reality… well, happened, and what it got up to between that point and our existence, but asking the very same sorts of questions about other claims, important ones, is something people seem to reflexively steer clear of. I have heard of liberal theologians who deny the factual basis of the claim that Christ was resurrected, just as I have heard of people who identify with a religion (Judaism more than Christianity) without believing in the actual existence of any supernatural creator. These are people who started questioning and didn't know where to stop. It seems to me that no religion which makes claims that must be taken on faith can really soothe or truly accommodate people who don't have the "good sense" to quit asking difficult questions that'll lead them to trouble. For me, I eventually came to the conclusion (and I'll admit this is a somewhat ruthless one, and easier for me than many people because I didn't have my whole social, occupational, and familial world resting on the maintenance of my faith) that anything which can be destroyed by the truth should be. If a doctrine needs followers to stop short of questioning everything, if there is even a single thing which is not subject to change based on greater awareness of the facts, then it's going to lose that conflict and it truly does deserve to.I questioned all the way to the end, and while I practice a religion because I believe it is a cultural system worth participating in (a belief which I will change should it start behaving at all like the other candidates I rejected), I don't believe in any of the supernatural claims made by any doctrine claiming to be tied to it. It's not that I've chosen not to believe those things. I don't believe we choose what we believe. We are either convinced, or we are not convinced. To be glib about it, we can't choose to believe claims we don't believe.

  • Anonymous

    I guess I'm not the kind of person who questions all the way to the top. Since I pick out only the ones that interest me though I'm not in full agreement since a crisis of faith usually entails that someone is in severe doubt about the very foundations of their beliefs. Which is different than doubting some material like Genesis. But I'm a bit different since I tend to acknowledge that they are no "knock out" arguments when dealing with important issues and at best you can make a reasonable defense. Anyway I hope people don't think I'm tsk tsking but I feel sort of bad for these people and I know I shouldn't, I mean most of them want me to cheer for them and wish them luck but I just can't. Though I feel sort of bad for myself, because it seems that those who aren't struggling with their faith aren't being honest enough [according to them] I however disagree. Though I will admit like all people I have my doubts but I have enough faith to keep going. So is that a bad thing?Brian