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Faith and Doubt

When in Doubt, Be Religious

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

For much of my life I thought being a "true" Christian meant denouncing religion. Mentors would regularly and passionately remind me, "Faith is a RELATIONSHIP, not a RELIGION."

Walking Dead: Rorschach Test for Faith

Loren-Paul Caplin | Posted 11.25.2015 | Religion
Loren-Paul Caplin

Our core cast of characters in The Walking Dead, have more going on than solely surviving. And that is why we love them and root for them and suffer when they suffer.

Axioms for Faith

Victor Udoewa | Posted 11.09.2015 | Religion
Victor Udoewa

When dealing with doubt, axioms can be extremely interesting for those of us looking at faith from a scientific lens.

Are There Some Questions the Church Can't Answer?

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

Many of my clients aren't looking for answers, even when they think they are, and even when I want them to be. They are not seeking to understand, but longing to be understood. I suspect the same is fundamentally true of churchgoers.

'All The People I Respect Are Non-Christians'

Victor Udoewa | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion
Victor Udoewa

My friend was having trouble reconciling the fact that I am both a scientist whom she respects and someone who calls himself a Christian. How do I tell my friend that being a Christian has not always been foundationally defined on belief, but a transformative way of newly living, a faith?

Faith Isn't Irrational, But Beliefs May Be

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

Religion has become improverished and identified with an irrational belief in far-fetched stories -- if taken as literal fact -- which were intended as parables symbolic of larger truths in human life.

Two Ways Of Thinking About Agnosticism: Hitchens vs. Dawkins

Christopher Lane | Posted 04.01.2012 | Religion
Christopher Lane

That Hitchens took a glass-half-full approach to agnostics is notable because it's sharply at odds with the line of his compatriot, Richard Dawkins, whose thoughts on agnostics are almost uniformly negative.

Questions Can Set The Truth Free

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 01.17.2012 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

When it comes to the discussion of religion -- or, for my theological colleagues, the discussion of doctrine -- no questions should be pulled off the table. We need questions to keep us honest.

'Missing Links': A Book About Us

Dan Agin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Dan Agin

The book is immensely readable. But apart from the wondrous journey into human origins, there is one group that should read this book word for word: every fundamentalist who doubts science.

The Roles Of Doubt In Science And Faith

Victor Udoewa | Posted 10.25.2011 | Religion
Victor Udoewa

Instead of the doubtless knowing God and the doubters not knowing God, perhaps a mysterious God is experienced in the alleys of doubt.

Beyond Adam And Eve

David Lose | Posted 10.17.2011 | Religion
David Lose

Why should anyone be dismayed that all the evidence ever collected points to the implausibility that two persons named Adam and Eve once lived in a paradisiacal garden and gave birth to all humanity?

A Ministry Of Dialoguing About Doubt

Rev. Jonathan Weyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Jonathan Weyer

When conversations in our culture center on religious issues and doubt, false dichotomies are always given as the only choices. But belief is never that neat or clean.

Necessary Heartbreak: How I Found Jesus

Michael J. Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael J. Sullivan

I was desperate that New Year's Eve in 1983 to find shelter. I attended a service in a neighborhood church and hid in the back under a pew. I was ecstatic when the doors were locked.

When Doubt Is Sacred

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

While it may not be true that those without a faith need one, it is demonstrably true that people of faith must have questions and doubts. Otherwise their faith becomes a static, lifeless, self-serving doctrine.