The Benefit of the Doubt

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

Pursuing God intellectually: Being honest about our questions

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In my last post, I gave an invitation to pursue God intellectually. Jesus identified the greatest commandment as loving God with our all of who we are, and Jesus specifically included loving God with our minds. But what does this mean? I suggested that we understand this as pursuing God intellectually in a way that […]

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An invitation to the intellectual pursuit of God

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“Love the Lord your God with…all your mind” ~Jesus The Command to Love Jesus commands us to love God with all of who we are—our hearts, souls and minds (Matt. 22:37). One might find this as a command problematic since love isn’t the sort of thing we can turn on or off. When something is […]

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Want to reach youth? Build a beautiful building!

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A recent Telegraph article reported a significant uptick of youth identifying as Christian in Britain.  According to the article: The figures, show that more than one in five (21 per cent) people between the ages of 11 and 18 describe themselves as active followers of Jesus, and 13 per cent say they are practising Christians […]

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8 sure ways to shut down a dialogue

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I love to dialogue. I especially love dialoging with folks who believe differently from me. I’m a Christian and so this means I genuinely love to sit down and talk with those who are not Christians. I love to hear their story and how that story shapes the way they think about life. But not […]

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Why scholars aren’t getting the gigs

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In a recent Inside Higher Ed article, the authors outlined reasons why scholars are often unable to reach wide audiences. They insightfully say: There’s a yawning gap between academic writing and popular, hot-take journalism. Scholars fancy that they cover important, current topics, but they do so in styles and venues that reach only narrow audiences. […]

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2 problems with Craig’s distinction of knowing and showing

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In one of the best books on Christian apologetics in the last 50 years, Reasonable Faith, William Lane Craig says something rather provocative. He thinks that the proper basis for knowing that Christianity is true is not the evidence for Christianity. This might strike one as more than a bit odd given that Craig is […]

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How to NOT shelter your kids from ideas: Make a case for Christianity’s truth, goodness, and beauty

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  (Note: this is part 3 in a 3 part series. Part 1, Part 2) Three strategies In this series of posts, I’ve argued that we should not shelter our kids from ideas. Now I’m a big fan of sheltering our kids in a variety of ways (including literally with a roof), but I think […]

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How to Not shelter your kids from ideas: Teach alternative worldviews fairly

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(Note: this is part 2 in a 3 part series. Part 1, Part 3) In my previous post, I argued that one reason that many of our youth walk away from the faith is that they haven’t been properly exposed to alternative ideas. My concern is that we tend to send our kids to a […]

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How to NOT shelter your kids from ideas: Teaching our how kids to think well

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(Note: this is part 1 in a 3 part series. Part 2, Part 3) It’s well known that between 60-80% of kids are leave the church when they hit a college campus. It seems to me a driving reason for this is that many Christian kids have not been exposed to certain ideas and experiences […]

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Divine Silence: Is God obligated to be more obvious than he is?

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God can sometimes seem far away. In fact, there are times when we feel like we really, really need Him and yet he is not there, or so it seems. This has caused many to struggle deeply with whether God exists at all, since, after all, he could be more obvious, or so it seems. […]

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