The Benefit of the Doubt

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

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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Apologetics in Service of the Gospel

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[The following post appears at theologicalmatters.com] It is sometimes said that apologetics is a waste of time because no one comes to Christ through apologetics. You can’t, after all, argue someone into the Kingdom. Now, it may come as a bit of a shock, but I (being a professor of apologetics) actually agree that no […]

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God as the best explanation of the most important aspects of life: 10 facts

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  I believe in God. Given this, I’m sometimes asked “Got any evidence?” Uh, yes. Yes I do. In fact, I think there is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the evidence for God. Now I’m never quite sure what people have in mind by the notion of “evidence” when this concerns God. […]

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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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