The benefits of doubt

In Arguing with Friends I suggest that we should adopt an attitude that “no question is off limits.” Many Christians fear doubts and challenges to their Faith, but this article gives us some reasons to considering not only tolerating doubt, but perhaps even specifically creating environments within which such doubt can be openly expressed and explored without criticism.

How can we expect a successful conversation if we constantly insist that people stop asking questions?

Update (2012-09-23): This looks like a decent read. It cites research involving the interviews of 50 people who left the church. 42 of the 50, “were frustrated by getting lame responses to their doubts and questions.” Apparently there isn’t a lot of traction in the, “just have faith” answer.


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