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THE ROAD TO SALVATION IS PAVED WITH GOOD QUESTIONS

Is it possible to distinguish on our own what is true from what is false in faith? If the founders of some of the world’s major religions are any indication, the answer to this question has to be a grateful … Continue reading

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WHEN IMAGES OF GOD GO TERRIBLY WRONG

If it is true that no one ever sees God directly, then a lot about faith has to be left to the imagination. In order for faith to enliven the soul as well as enlighten the mind, it must have … Continue reading

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QUESTIONING AND DOUBTING AS SPIRITUAL EXERCISES

A number of things can get in the way of a growing faith. One of the biggest is a sense of obligation to respect authoritative religious teachings, no matter what. Closely related to it is a willingness to ignore ambiguity, … Continue reading

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BELIEVING WITHOUT SEEING

In religious circles, it’s a familiar story. A proud skeptic, profligate, or atheist all of a sudden sees the light and the room erupts with shouts of praise, thanksgiving, and renewed confidence in the power of the Holy. In the … Continue reading

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GIVING UP ON BELIEFS WITHOUT GIVING UP ON FAITH

It is a sad fact that religious leaders do not deal well with people who can’t believe what they are told to believe. There are several reasons for the difficulty. One reason is that many religious leaders do not understand … 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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GIVING UP ON GOD, OR THINKING THAT WE DO

Sometimes, disappointments reach a point beyond the power of faith to explain or rectify. Recently, a friend of mine put it this way: I was brought up believing in a God I could always count on, no matter what. But … Continue reading

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FAITH CRISES: WHEN THE QUESTIONS OUTWEIGH THE COMFORT

Her seven year old son had just died of brain cancer, and his mother was in a state of near collapse. Even so, she was desperate to talk. She told me that she didn’t know what to pray for anymore, … Continue reading

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WHEN LOVE’S REDEEMING WORK IS DONE: AN EASTER MEDITATION

My life in faith began differently from what my church friends were expecting at the time. I received an answer to a question, not a release from guilt. The question was whether God existed at all. The answer seemed to … Continue reading

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THE COURAGE TO DOUBT

Some believers find it hard to accept that reasonable questions can be asked about most things  their churches tell them never to doubt. For these believers and for their churches, to doubt is to sin. And the only atonement for … Continue reading

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