The Benefit of the Doubt

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

God Makes Sense of the Logic Used to Reject Him

Facebooktwitterpinterestmail

Logic, it seems to me, can only be explained by the existence of God. By far, most people in the history of the world have believed in the existence of God. But some of course come to believe that God does not exist. Now I think it is painfully clear that people who reject God […]

Facebooktwitterpinterestmail

The Most Important Thing to tell Your Child When They Doubt Their Faith

Facebooktwitterpinterestmail

Doubt is feeling the pull of an objection. We doubt when we encounter a claim that challenges one of our beliefs and we find the claim at least somewhat plausible. Doubts can come from anywhere. Sometimes there’s someone in our lives who is pressing us on a belief or it may be something we think […]

Facebooktwitterpinterestmail

The Lost Art of Thoughtfulness: Dismissing Ideas Because We Fear Them

Facebooktwitterpinterestmail

I love philosophy for a lot of different reasons. One of those is that philosophers often have a particular skill that is lost in many discussions of politics, religion and anything else in which people are deeply invested. Here’s the skill: inviting and welcoming others to press one’s idea without being personally threatened by being […]

Facebooktwitterpinterestmail

Defending God as the Maximally Great and Perfect Being

Facebooktwitterpinterestmail

In my last post, I argued that God as the bearded guy in the sky should be rejected. I have no interest in God as the bearded guy in the sky or any deity who is fundamentally human-like or finite. So this means I have no interest in a God who is an exalted man […]

Facebooktwitterpinterestmail

Rejecting God as the Bearded Guy in the Sky

Facebooktwitterpinterestmail

The bearded guy in the sky Sometimes people change their minds and come, for a variety of reasons, to reject belief in God. What has always been very surprising to me is how often the God they are rejecting is not the God I believe in either. For example, suppose someone says: “I just got […]

Facebooktwitterpinterestmail

New Book: Stand Firm: Apologetics and the Brilliance of the Gospel

Facebooktwitterpinterestmail

About 4 years ago, Paul Gould, Keith Loftin and I were at a restaurant planning out an online apologetics course. A comment was made that we should write a book with this material. So we did!  And that book comes out in 1 month (11/1)!! There are a number of great apologetics texts out there. […]

Facebooktwitterpinterestmail

Furtick, Strachan, and whether Doubt is Sin

Facebooktwitterpinterestmail

It went like this. Megachurch pastor, Steven Furtick, preaches a sermon in his typical millennial-hipster-mixed-with-seeker-sensitivity-on-steroids way on the topic of doubt. He even titled his message The Benefit of the Doubt (blushing). In the theatrical sermon he yells a lot and at one point cries out: “someone to my backside back me up on this!” […]

Facebooktwitterpinterestmail

A Guide for Talking with Your Kids about God

Facebooktwitterpinterestmail

I have been frequently asked, over the years, about apologetics resources for kids. Parents and children’s ministers are sometimes desperate to find resources that take these important concepts that are often extremely complex and translate them in a way they can be presented and taught to kids. For a long time, there honestly wasn’t much […]

Facebooktwitterpinterestmail

Apologetics is Unassuming

Facebooktwitterpinterestmail

There’s considerable debate on just what apologetics is or at least what it’s supposed to be. A typical definition is something along the lines of this: Apologetics is the defense of Christian beliefs. But the problem with this definition is this doesn’t uniquely pick out the discipline. After all, the systematic theologian seems to be […]

Facebooktwitterpinterestmail

Does Evidence Take Away from the Bible’s Authority?

Facebooktwitterpinterestmail

Authority Issues Christians have always been extremely wary of holding anything, such as philosophy or “reason” or evidence, as an authority over Scripture. It is sometimes argued that if one appeals to something as a reason to believe Scripture, then that thing becomes one’s authority. But, for the Christian, nothing can stand in authority over […]

Facebooktwitterpinterestmail