The Benefit of the Doubt

A blog about Dialogue, Doubts, and Christian Faith ~Travis Dickinson~

God Stands Behind It All

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Having recently completed a discussion of Plato’s Republic with a terrific group of college students, I am once again reminded of its beauty and depth. When teaching the Republic, I am always struck by the seemingly innocent back and forth of the dialogue that inevitably entices us straight into discussing life’s deepest issues. I am […]

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God Never Requires Us to Believe without Evidence

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In his An Essay on the Divine Authority of the New Testament (1804), 19th Century theologian, David Bogue once said: God never requires us to believe without evidence: but where sufficient evidence is given, he is highly and justly displeased at men’s unbelief.[1] Is this right? Does God ever require us to believe without evidence? […]

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Faith and Doubt: Friends or Foes? (TV interview)

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Are faith and doubt in conflict? Can one have faith while doubting? I argue that these are not necessarily in conflict and that doubt can (somewhat ironically) produce greater faith. Here’s the interview: Thanks to Truth Matters at Ratio Christi TV

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4 Steps to Help Kids Ask Questions Stuck in their Heads

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Every survey and researcher says that students have a lot of questions about their faith. This seems to essentially define Millennials and Gen Y from older generations. Whereas older generations were content with certain presuppositions about faith, youth today are suspicious and often doubtful of these things. But here’s a funny thing. I get the […]

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Martin Luther’s Appeal to ‘Scripture and Plain Reason’

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A revolution 500 years ago today, Martin Luther helped begin a revolution when his Ninety-Five Theses were nailed to the wall of Wittenberg chapel. I proudly stand in that tradition along with many other protestant reformers and revolutionaries. It is a tradition that values the Bible as a unique authority for our Christian beliefs. Luther […]

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Jesus Thinks Evidence Helps Address Doubt

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A Question As John the Baptist sits in a jail cell, he sends a few of his students to ask Jesus a question. Here it is: “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” (Matt. 11:3; see also Lk. 7:20) It’s a striking question since, well, it’s John the […]

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The Importance of an Open Mind that Closes

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Minds Were Made to Shut We typically think having an open mind is a good thing. And in certain situations, it certainly is a good thing. For example, we should have an open mind when we are beginning an inquiry. If we have no settled views on some matter, then it would be quite foolish […]

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Religious Pluralism and the Myth of Inclusivity

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Perhaps the most attractive part of Religious Pluralism (RP)—the notion there are many ways to God—is its supposed inclusivism. Religions are not exactly known for coming together on almost anything. If the major religions can come together under the big tent of RP, then this would be, it seems, a good thing. But is RP […]

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The Polyamorous God?

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Polyamory and the Church Chuck McKnight thinks it’s time for the church to talk about polyamory. So he’s dedicated a series of posts on his blog, Hippie Heretic, to the discussion. If you are not clear what polyamory even is, you are probably not alone. One of McKnight’s worries is that other LGBT issues have […]

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Doubt That Is Toxic for Faith

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Doubts Over the last few years, I’ve been known to say things like “doubt is a good thing for Christian faith” and I go on to explain that doubts can lead to truth and an even greater faith. But about 1/3 of Christians initially react to my saying this with a distinct look of horror […]

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