The Benefit of the Doubt

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

Faith is NOT an Epistemology

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  We are sometimes told faith is a bad or unreliable epistemology. The idea seems to be that believing something on faith (you know, belief without evidence) is a terrible or unreliable way to arrive at the truth. Now I think this is a hot mess of confusion. First, I agree believing something without evidence […]

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The Bible reports extraordinary claims in ordinary ways

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Is the Bible a book of fables and mythology? For some, this seems all too obvious. After all, there are many fantastic (in the technical sense) stories from start to finish. Given these stories, some think the Bible, and all that it claims, can be dismissed as mere fiction. But for me, it just doesn’t […]

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Doubt Your Doubts

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Doubt that doesn’t matter much Some of our beliefs are mundane and they really don’t matter too much. We are happy, in these cases, to be corrected. I believe I have a dental appointment coming up in September. I believe that if I leave campus after 4pm, it will add 10 minutes to my drive. […]

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Please stop saying “Faith is belief without evidence”

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Is Atheism a belief? Last week, my post, entitled “Please stop saying ‘Atheism is not a belief’” generated a lot of discussion on various online discussion groups. A number of atheists took issue with me telling them what they believe and (sometimes kindly) suggested that I stop saying that. Fair enough. If you, the atheist, […]

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Please stop saying “Atheism is not a belief”

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A lack of belief It’s become excruciatingly predictable for atheists who operate on a pop level to clarify that atheism, for them, is not a belief. It is, as they say, a lack of belief. They will point out that there is a difference between saying “I believe there is no God” (which is a […]

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Richard Swinburne and the inevitability of doubt

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Not long ago, Richard Swinburne was asked whether he ever doubts the truthfulness of Christianity. Who is Richard Swinburne? Swinburne, by most accounts, is THE top philosopher of religion in the world and much of his work centers on defending Christian theism. Virtually all of his writing is scholarly, but his contribution to the discussion […]

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Eugene Peterson and the difficulty of message

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Two days ago, an article was published declaring Eugene Peterson had come to affirm same-sex issues and marriage. Then there was the blow up. Eugene Peterson is an iconic luminary type of figure for many Christians and this affirmation was either a big problem or a reason for celebration depending, of course, where one stood […]

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The Gospel is the Biggest Idea I Know: True Myth

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Many unbelievers have claimed that the gospel, as an idea, is ridiculous. And I kind of agree. It’s a REALLY big idea. In fact, it’s the biggest idea I know. The Christian version of mere theism alone is a big idea. The idea is there is a transcendent God who is the greatest conceivable being […]

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You need community (including those who disagree)

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Christianity was never meant to be lived in isolation. Though there are ways in which Christianity concerns the individual (e.g., each of us must choose this day whom we will serve), the call has always been a call to community. The need for community is especially pronounced when it comes to grappling with the deep […]

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The Pursuit of God: Being okay with unanswered questions

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(This is part 4 of a multipart series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) Part of the pursuit of God, I have argued, should be an intellectual pursuit where we ask the deep and difficult questions *because* we want to know God more fully. I’ve suggested that this is (or should be) a very normal […]

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