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Religious Doubt

Holy Doubt

W. Hunter Roberts | Posted 02.27.2014 | Religion
W. Hunter Roberts

We sow the seeds of fundamentalism whenever we pretend our representations are real. It is a mistake of logic to apply literalism to something that can only be apprehended symbolically.

Doubt Is The Heart Of Belief

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Doubt does not undermine belief. It is central to belief, an indispensable part of accepting God and the mandates of a religious tradition. Even fervent believers have doubts -- lots of them.

'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?

Young, Catholic And Conflicted

Lauren Boyle | Posted 12.16.2012 | Religion
Lauren Boyle

This has been happening to me my entire life. My "Catholicism" seems to rest on my belief about one single, solitary scenario: what to do about an unexpected pregnancy. How, in a world filled with as much trouble as ours, did my faith get reduced to that singular question?

Losing Our Religion: Doubt By Numbers

Christopher Lane | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Christopher Lane

Those of us committed to rigorous inquiry must welcome the doubts that younger Americans are expressing. For too long doubt has acquired the hallmark of paralysis and stagnation when it's actually a catalyst for change and renewal.

Faith According To The Bible(s)

Christopher Lane | Posted 07.11.2012 | Religion
Christopher Lane

The devout understandably want to view their faith as inevitable -- as existing beyond chance, contingency and debate. Close examination of key passages in the Bible underscores, by contrast, that the book they worship is far from reliable.

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.

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.

'Big Love': Faith, Family And Failure

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Cathleen Falsani

As HBO's Big Love heads into its final season, series creators are turning their attention back to the bread-and-butter themes that have made the show so compelling: faith and family.

People Of Faith Should Be Grateful For Doubt

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

Without doubt, life would simply be a series of packaged assumptions, none of them tested, none of them sure, and all of them belonging not to us, but to someone else whose truth we have made our own.

Evolving in Monkey Town: A Good Read on Religious Doubt

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

Just as the lonesome call of the loon authenticates the Canadian wilderness, unanswered questions are reliable markers for genuine faith.