Archive for the 'Faith and doubt' Category

From Fear to Faith

Just wanted to inform any readers I might still have here (I’ve been so negligent of this blog of late) that one of my old blog posts was revised and has just been published in a book edited by Travis Milam and Joel Watts (yes, that guy), called From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual […]

Friday, May 31st, 2013

The Fourth Doctor on certainty

Leela: Maybe there is a holy purpose. I don’t know what to believe anymore! The Doctor: Well that sounds healthy, anyway, Leela. Never be certain of anything: it’s a sign of weakness. from the episode, “The Face of Evil”

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

The sin of mere belief

Faith is not belief, but a commitment to a belief (at least in its dullest form: for the Christian it should be a commitment to the Truth himself). Reason is for believing; faith is for living.

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Tragedy and hope in the X-Files

 [Narration after discovering a mass gravesite of abducted children.] They said the birds refused to sing and the thermometer fell suddenly, as if God himself had his breath stolen away. No one there dared speak aloud, as much in shame as in sorrow. They uncovered the bodies one by one. The eyes of the dead […]

Friday, July 13th, 2012

How to teach our children to write in pencil

Recently I heard a Sunday School teacher of young children bubbling about how many catechism questions her children had learned that year; I should note that she was not bragging, since she doesn’t teach the catechism herself, but was commending the parents and children for their hard work because of how important it is for […]

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

George Herbert: loving God “with open eyes”

The language of this poem by George Herbert, from The Temple (1633), while slightly archaic in spelling and vocabulary, is very readable, and I implore you to make the effort to read it. It beautifully describes my commitment to an informed faith that has had the effect of redirecting my focus away from things I’m […]

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

If I become an atheist…

Becoming an atheist is not in the cards for me at this point. But if ever I find myself an atheist, here’s my pledge to you. I will not set up websites or troll others’ websites trying to get people to see why I lost my faith or why they should as well. I probably […]

Monday, August 22nd, 2011