Tag Archives: Believing

IS IT POSSIBLE TO GIVE UP ON GOD?

Not without thinking hard about what a God should be like, if there is one. Not without giving up being angry that there isn’t. And not without giving up hope that there still might be. Not everyone meets the first … Continue reading

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PERSONAL FAITH AND RELIGIOUS FAITH: THE DIFFERENCE

Once, and only once, my father shared with me what he thought faith is. “It’s believing,” he said, “that there is a Supreme Being.” I never could draw him out further. Perhaps that was for the best. The little that … Continue reading

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IS BELIEF IN GOD SUPPOSED TO EXPLAIN THINGS?

Recently, the eminent astrophysicist, Stephen Hawking, revealed as if for the first time that believing in God serves no useful purpose. His reason for saying so was that appealing to science is a better way of explaining things than appealing … Continue reading

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GETTING BEYOND SINGLE-ISSUE RELIGION

First John says that we must “test the spirits, to see whether they are from God; for there are many false prophets about in the world.”( 4:1) Well said. There is one kind of test, however, that no prophet should … Continue reading

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ON PRAYERS THAT ARE ANSWERED AND FAITH THAT WILL NOT BELIEVE

In the 9th chapter of Mark’s Gospel there is the story of a man who asked Jesus to heal his son’s epilepsy. How the request was presented comes very close to the way that many people make their own prayer … Continue reading

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