With an Appendix by Ronald T. This is an electronic copy of the entire book. The opportunity to write methods of teaching children to paraphrase in Dou manuscript came chiefly as the result of two extended speaking engagements.
Those lectures, entitled “Christian Doubt: Toward Resolving a Painful Problem,” comprised most of Sections I and II of this volume. I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable. But doubt is not the opposite of faith . Doubt is rather a state of uncertainty, a spiritual fork in our road.
The primary reason for this statement is that there are different varieties of uncertainty and, like medicine, different remedies are applicable. For the purposes of this study, we will divide doubt into three general families. But you can worry him with the haunting suspicion that the practice is absurd and can have no objective result. Don’t forget to use the “Heads I win, tails you lose” argument. But there is a sort of attack on the emotions which can still be tried.
It turns on making him feel . But becoming a Christian is not simply a matter of reciting a magic formula at the request of an evangelist, but the answer of the heart and will in believing response to the invitation of the Lord Himself. Thus, whether immaturity was present or not, that is not of chief importance. Whatever we make of it, here, we may say with confidence, is a piece of good historical information. 24 Dunn points out further that it is extremely difficult to deny the historicity of the empty tomb.
25 Certain portions of this data, conversely, also argue strongly for Jesus’ burial. Lastly, the burial of Jesus is quite a natural event. Faith does not feed on thin air but on facts. Its instinct is to root itself in truth, to earth itself in reality, and it is this which distinguishes faith from fantasy, the object of faith from a figment of imagination . This type of doubt is silenced by facts, answered by truth and reassured by understanding .