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Results for Doubt

Why Every Christian Needs Doubt
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

Doubt, I would argue, is that state of change that allows for the questions to continue and faith to grow. And as the husks of beliefs that were wrong, too small, or in other ways insufficient fall aside, they ...

5 Things You Should Know Before Becoming a Christian
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

Few things are presented more inaccurately than Christianity. Often marketed through evangelism as a joyful, peaceful, loving, easy way to overcome the hardships of this world, in reality practicing Christiani ...

6 Monumental Questions Facing Every Church In America
Originally Posted: 09/08/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Christianity is a lifelong journey of learning new things, growing in wisdom, and interacting with a wide array of difficult topics. Boldly asking tough questions is essential to spiritual development. ...

What Saved My Faith
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Darkness existed in the forms of misogyny, empire-building, anti-intellectualism, and systematic marginalization of GLBT persons; they were injustices coated with spiritual language — wolves in sheep’s clothin ...

Finding Faith in Irreverence
Originally Posted: 07/23/2014 - 8:22am | Type: Blog

The question isn’t how we can find faith in irreverence but how we can find faith without it. Without questioning, doubt, and calling out what’s real, how can faith be truly genuine? ...

Can You Question the Resurrection and Still Be a Christian?
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

“On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the Nicene Creed, is the foundational statement of Christian belief. “On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the N ...

Do Churches Alienate Intellectuals?
Originally Posted: 10/29/2013 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

Recently, it's been said that smarter people prefer not to go to church or believe in God, but maybe part of the problem is that churches won't let them in — or they’ve already kicked them out! There ...

Hollywood’s Depiction of Nuns a Case of ‘Veiled Desires’
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

From Julie Andrews’ performance as Maria in the 1965 film “The Sound of Music” to Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Sister Aloysius Beauvier in “Doubt” (2008), many Hollywood actresses are particularly conspicuous f ...

AUDIO: Keeping the Faith?
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 12:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors "Not all who wander are lost."—J.R.R. Tolkien Many people of faith experience periods o ...

Replacing Faith with Curiosity
Originally Posted: 10/03/2013 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

Rather than trying to claim, and lean on, a steadfast and immovable certainty about the existence and nature of God, and the existence and nature of Jesus, I find myself more curious about them – in an active, ...

Help Thou My Unbelief
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Ahlgrim A pastor's journey of trust in the face of doubt. LAST YEAR on NPR’s “All Things Considered ...

13 Questions All Christians Eventually Ask Themselves
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

During the Christian spiritual journey, followers of Christ are forced to eventually face some basic faith-related questions. Here are a few of the most common ones. During the Ch ...

ICYMI: Vampire Weekend Wrestle with Faith ... Wait, Really?
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

On this album, the third in what Koenig sees as a trilogy, Vampire Weekend manage to mature their poppy, eclectic sound, drawing from all sorts of genres and international songs — as they normally do — but als ...

Wounding and Welcome in the Church
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Howard Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christians Pilgrimage in Search of God in America. Harper TWO Y ...

Why I Made My Teenager Go to Church
Originally Posted: 05/06/2013 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

In this age when the “spiritual but not religious” seem to have more relevance than churchgoers, it’s easy to wonder why church attendance matters at all. But I believe that we need common spaces, more ground ...

Fifty Days of Grace
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 8:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C HOW SHALL WE engage with scripture thro ...

Is God on Our Side?
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

What's it like to wrestle with the Divine One? You know, like Jacob did there in the desert one night. You can contend with God, can you not? Is God not then your enemy in some way? ...

Waiting for God in the Dark Night of the Soul: On Peter Rollins' Atheism for Lent
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

I love Peter Rollins' honesty about his dark night of the soul. He's popularized a term for the intellectual position accompanying the dark night of the soul: a/theism. I interpret Peter's thoug ...

Uncertainty's Graces
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 9:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Amy Sullivan Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I've Crossed: Walking with the Unknown God. Jericho Books. JU ...

Spoonfed: Why We Need to Embrace the Messiness
Originally Posted: 01/03/2013 - 12:33pm | Type: Blog

There aren't just messes on my kid's high chairs — they're in the Bible too. And, if we're all honest, our lives can be pretty messy too. But is that a bad thing? ...

Rob Bell Is @&^*!ing With Me: Part, The Third
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

Reentry is often a pain in my ass. It's true. I get a chance to get away from it all, to spend some time with friends and begin to unwind and it's glorious. But then there's the return trip ho ...

Mother Teresa As a Psalm
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

Some of the psalms are pure jubilation, but just as many — the “psalms of complaint” — sound like … well, like the private Mother Teresa. On Sept. 5, 1997, the world mourned when ...

How a Mormon Scholar Went From Doubter to Believer
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 7:00am | Type: Blog

As an 11-year-old boy, Don Bradley went looking for gold plates. After all, Mormon founder Joseph Smith said he was directed to a set of such plates, buried in a hill near his house in upstate New York. ...

Sometimes Love is a Battlefield (Even with Jesus)
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes, to see our true faith, it has to be challenged, smacked in the face. Sometimes in pursuit of our real and true selves, which is the only soil where real and true faith can flourish, we have to face ...

Deliver Us From Smugness
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 6:59pm | Type: Blog

It is not the imperfection or presence of conflict themselves within the Communion of the Saints that too many of those who would not call themselves Christians find repellent. It is how the church deals with ...

The Problem with Certitude
Originally Posted: 05/25/2012 - 8:41am | Type: Blog

I'm troubled by the way many Christians choose to take definitive and certain stances about complex issues, and the rhetoric they use to state and defend these positions, rhetoric that tends to divide rat ...

'Sound of My Voice': Belief, Skepticism and Cults
Originally Posted: 05/16/2012 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

In the feature-length drama Sound of My Voice, Peter Aitken, a 20-something school teacher, is angry at the cultish fanaticism that led to his mother’s death (per her cult’s teaching, she refused to take medic ...

I Have Met The Stranger, and He Is Me
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

To believe is easy. You can fill stadiums with people wanting to believe, either to solidify what they already think or to grasp hold of something because they feel cast adrift and lost at sea. To doubt, to in ...

President Obama on Passover, Easter: 'Common Thread of Humanity'
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

"These holidays have their roots in miracles that took place thousands of years ago. They connect us to our past and give us strength as we face the future. And they remind us of the common thread of huma ...

Meditations on Disbelief
Originally Posted: 04/27/2011 - 3:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jeannie Choi David Bazan on how he became an agnostic -- and lived to sing about it. Since 1994, David Bazan h ...

Video Interview with David Bazan
Originally Posted: 04/27/2011 - 3:50pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jeannie Choi Matt Hildreth Since 1994, David Bazan has put sharp questions about faith, ...