The Benefit of the Doubt

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

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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Stand Firm Apologetics Conference 2016

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Please save the date for our 2016 Stand Firm Conference! The dates are 4/15-16 (starts Friday evening to Saturday afternoon) and will be held at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth Texas. Registration will be opened in the coming weeks. Keynote speaker: JP Moreland Other speakers include Mark Lanier (also giving a plenary talk) Justin […]

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Slides from Confident Christianity Conference

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~Doubt as virtue

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Dealing with Doubt

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When we come to matters of Christian faith, it is not uncommon for folks to have a doubt from time to time. The typical prescription for these doubts seems to be very similar to the prescription for the common cold. Wait it out, treat symptoms as best you can, and then hope it goes away […]

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