The Benefit of the Doubt

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

Proving the existence of God: the Ontological Argument

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There is one argument for the existence of God that is revered and loved by atheists and theists alike: the Ontological Argument for God’s existence. This is not to say that it is loved and revered by all. This argument has certainly had its enemies along the way. However, many, even those who don’t believe […]

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What is intellectual doubt?

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More than one way to doubt There are a variety of ways to doubt. The two most talk about forms of doubt are emotional doubt and intellectual doubt. We can sometimes have every intellectual reason in the world to believe something is true, and yet we doubt. This form of doubt, and we’ve all faced […]

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No, Faith is Not Belief Without Evidence!

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As Christians, we are called to faith. But what does “faith” mean? Atheists often tell Christians (i.e., you know, people of faith) something like the following: Mark Twain: “Faith is believing what you know ain’t so.”[1] Peter Boghossian: “pretending to know things that you don’t know” and “belief without evidence.”[2] Richard Dawkins once said “Faith […]

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Christianity is Hard and Easy

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Typically, when we come to believe something, we simply add that belief to other beliefs that we already have. When we join or agree to something, we simply add that association in with the other things that we are already about. CS Lewis says: The ordinary idea which we all have before we become Christians […]

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Disagreeing to Agree: Disagreement as an Objection to Christian Belief

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You’ve probably noticed along the way that there is a wee bit of disagreement when it comes to religious issues. Christians disagree with nonchristians on a host of fundamental issues, and (I know this will come as a shock) but Christians disagree with other Christians too. In fact, we disagree with great variety, creativity, and […]

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The Risk of Doubting One’s Faith

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I’ve argued (here) that doubt has instrumental value  since, when handled properly, it leads to truth, knowledge, and (since I think Christianity is true) to a greater faith. Though it seems a bit ironic, confident faith is, in my view, the result of asking deep and difficult questions. One worry here is that this all […]

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The Resurrection is unbelievable…unless, of course, it’s true

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If someone told you that his religious leader had been killed and then appeared again, you probably wouldn’t believe it. I wouldn’t either…unless of course it was true. What I mean is that if it was true, then you’d expect to see some things that aren’t well explained unless it was true. Christians don’t believe […]

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Jesus is peerless and Christianity is good (or so I argue)

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Let’s just get this out of the way. Yes, as a Christian, I’m biased. I put more effort into following the teachings of Jesus and conforming my life to the way he lived than anything else I do. So, of course, I think Jesus is peerless and Christianity has had an unrivaled and positive effect […]

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Permission to doubt your faith

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Many Christians think that doubting is a bad thing. Is this right? Does finding ourselves in a place of doubt have value? Now no one thinks that doubting is altogether enjoyable and no one thinks one’s goal in life should be to be a big doubter! But as the name of the blog should suggest […]

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The Epistemology of Doubt

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Here’s a talk I gave at our recent Stand Firm conference entitled The Epistemology of Doubt. I argue that doubting can have instrumental value because it can lead to further truth and knowledge. But this value is only realized when we investigate and evaluate our doubts. To make this case, I argue that the nature […]

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