The Benefit of the Doubt

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

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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How to doubt and have faith without exploding

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Here’s a podcast interview I did for a new article in the Christian Research Journal. My approach is to offer a definition of doubt according to which doubt is the experience of finding plausible what we take to be a potentially defeating claim. I offer a few ways to evaluate our doubts and suggest that […]

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Christianity is possibly false?!

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Here’s the question: Is Christianity possibly false? My answer: Well yes, of course it’s possibly false. What? How could I have given my life for something that I think is possibly false? Doesn’t admitting to this swing the door wide for doubting one’s faith? Isn’t this just philosophers stirring the paint– needlessly making trouble for […]

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Bono and Eugene: Learning to cuss without cussing

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Bono and the Edge Eugene discuss the Psalms No, Bono doesn’t have a new lead guitarist but he does sit down for a discussion about the psalms with Eugene Peterson. Bono, I’m guessing, needs no introduction. Eugene Peterson is the author of numerous books. He is best known for his paraphrase of the Bible, The […]

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Conferences are for community

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I just returned from a conference for writers. This was my first foray into this world and community. To be honest, it didn’t change my life. There were a few sessions that were diamonds but there was a lot of rough I had to wade through. I’ve had a few conferences where I left changed. […]

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You want me to question God?

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Is it really okay to question God? Many well-meaning Christian philosophers have pushed students to question their faith too hard without ever teaching students how to question well. This can result in the student walking away from his or her faith in confusion. I want us to ask the deep and difficult questions but I […]

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Mark Lanier and Christianity’s Trial

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Christian Apologists, you should be aware of Mark Lanier. Mark is an “Attorney, Author, Teacher, Pastor and Expert Story Teller.” We are so excited to host him at the Stand Firm Apologetics conference (4/15-16 at Southwestern Seminary in Fort worth, Texas) where he will be giving a plenary talk. Let me tell you just a […]

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The Man in the Mirror: 4 Observations about apologetics and 1 Peter 3:15

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…but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence. (1 Peter 3:15) 1 Peter 3:15 is often the “go to” passage for many apologetics textbooks and presentations but, […]

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