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

Mondays with MacDonald (on choosing Christianity despite uncertainty)

“All I now say is, that in the story of Jesus I have beheld such grandeur—to me apparently altogether beyond the reach of human invention, such a radiation of divine loveliness and truth, such hope for man, soaring miles above every possible pitfall of Fate; and have at the same time, from the endeavour to […]

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Why are you an inerrantist?

If I were to ask you why you believe in inerrancy, would you answer with any of the following? 1) The Bible affirms that it is inerrant. 2) It’s a logical inference from other things I believe (e.g. about God’s perfection). 3) Without a perfect record of divine revelation, anything goes. What’d be the point? […]

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Seeking Truth is not enough

Going into this post, please be aware that I will indulge in the obnoxious habit of capitalizing Truth to distinguish the abstract concept of veritas from small-t truths that amount to individual factoids. I hope this will not distract you. As a teenager I was once informed by a mentor that I was a “seeker of […]

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

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