Archive for the 'Faith and doubt' Category

The Disillusioned, the Defenders, and me

What in the world am I trying to do with this site? Who am I writing for? Who do I expect to come away with something of value? I ask myself these questions periodically. Am I a “faith” blogger or a “skeptic” blogger? The posts I write criticizing aspects of evangelicalism are the most popular, […]

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

“We might like it, but it’s not in the Bible, so…”

This is a companion piece to another post of mine, “We might not like it, but it’s in the Bible, so…” Occasionally I see people back away from their theological hunches, or at least decide to remain agnostic about them, because try as they might they just can’t see “where the Bible teaches it.” The […]

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Uncertainty is an eleven-letter word

This is a post in response to a blog that does not allow comments. I’d have preferred to have this discussion over there, but here we are. Over at The Boar’s Head Tavern, the Fearsome Tycoon attempts to apply an argumentum ad consequentiam in reductio ad absurdum’s clothing to a statement in my last post on […]

Friday, May 20th, 2011

A couple new (to me) blogs about post-inerrancy faith

I’d like to call attention to a couple of blogs I’ve just recently discovered that deal with doubt and questioning problematic aspects of traditional Christian theology. First, Questioning Christianity from Michelle, whose commitment to trusting God to lead her into all truth drives her as an act of faith to question even the Bible, despite her local […]

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Asymptotic faith journeys

The tendency toward reductionism is simultaneously one of the most tempting and problematic aspects of the laudable task of seeking explanations. The “thrill of the hunt” is the expectation that the quarry will be found and conquered. It’s not surprising, then, that the joy of drilling down to the bottom of a matter sometimes continues quite […]

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Crossan on the difference between doubting and questioning

“Do not confuse questions with doubts. Doubts go with certainty: if you make the mistake of being certain, you can have a doubt. Questions are part of the ongoing process of life.” — John Dominic Crossan H/T Mark Goodacre

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Deus intra machinam

I suspect that my review of chapter 4 of The Human Faces of God will unsettle many of the believers I know, should they happen to read it. The argument of that chapter, which I found to be utterly convincing, was that Israel’s ancient understanding of God’s nature developed from the worship of a tribal […]

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010