Understanding our minds is a lifelong pursuit. Most people feel their own reasoning is logical and sound. We look at other people and are perplexed at what they believe and how they reason.
I’m attracted to people with minds that have at least a little self doubt. They wonder if the next thing they learn will make things look altogether different than they do now.
One version of doubt within the faith is to reason, “I know what the rules are, but am I a good, or good enough, Christian?” Another version is, “Do we really know the rules, or, might they be quite arbitrary?” Then, there is the doubt, “Is there really a god, or, is it part of my imagination?”
I attended a lecture this week by a professor in evolutionary biology. There were religious folks in the audience who prodded him during Q & A as to where/how earth started, implying that it must have started with a divine being.
The young professor was careful to say no one knows for certain how it started and refused to overstate what is known. He said experiments have been done combining elements present at the beginning and they yielded interesting results, but we don’t really know. There may be many explanations, he said.
Preacher, Jay Bakker, finds doubt and uncertainty to be a part of his faith. His method of expressing the faith seems a way to connect with young minds.
Perhaps he is the future of the faith.
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