Question: Doubt

David Bazan made a gripping album about his break with Christianity and it was lauded by Christianity Today.  There is this current within evangelicalism of viewing doubt as a form of spiritual maturity.   Why would doubt—something that often ultimately leads to apostasy—be viewed as such a positive?  Why would milling around the edge of the cliff be held in high esteem while actually going over the edge is met with such scorn?

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  1. I’m not so sure that it’s an undercurrent of “doubt,” but maybe more a valuing of investigative rigor. Evangelics I’ve met tend to lean towards fundamentalism, so they especially like apologetic explanations that validate conservative viewpoints on things like authorship and literalism. I think as adults are getting a little more aware of the information available to them on the web and podcasts and other places, they are gaining new insights from non-Evangelical (or post-Evangelical) sources on inerrancy, women in the church, and so on.

    The proliferation of information is destabilizing in virtually any top-down context, and the church is no different. And I figure the thought process is that if someone maintains their faith, or even comes to faith, through a path of questioning or investigation, then it must be stronger than if it was more blindly accepted. It’s kind of like how a rich man who worked their way to it has more value in society than someone who inherited it.

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